Airborne Geophysical Survey Underway, Severn Project, Northern Ontario.
VANCOUVER, B.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2000
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The survey is designed to collect approximately 8,200 line kilometres of high-resolution total field and horizontal gradient magnetic data over a survey area of approximately 700 square kilometres.
The Severn joint venture claims are located adjacent to, and in the vicinity of, the diamondiferous Victor kimberlite pipe and cover more than 30 airborne magnetic anomalies identified from a regional magnetic dataset. In addition five high interest magnetic anomalies were identified and staked in an adjacent area.
The Superior Craton has recently become a focus for new diamond exploration in Canada, following the news that Monopros (the Canadian arm of De Beers) commenced a 10,000 tonne bulk sampling program on the Victor Pipe in early January 2000. The 18-hectare Victor kimberlite is the largest of 18 pipes that comprise the Attawapiskat cluster. Published reports confirm that 14 of these pipes are diamondiferous.
Abundant kimberlite indicator minerals including pyrope py·rope
A deep red garnet, Mg3Al2Si3O12, used as a gem.
[Middle English pirope, from Old French, from Latin garnet, chromite chromite (krō`mīt), dark brown to black mineral. It is an iron-chromium oxide, FeCr2O4, with traces of magnesium and aluminum. , picro-ilmenite, chrome diopside diopside
Common silicate mineral in the pyroxene family. Diopside is a calcium and magnesium silicate (CaMgSi2O6) that occurs in metamorphosed siliceous limestones and dolomites, in skarns, and in igneous rocks. and olivine olivine (ŏlĭv`ēn), an iron-magnesium silicate mineral, (Mg,Fe)2SiO4, crystallizing in the orthorhombic system. , recovered from a heavy mineral analysis of 204 samples collected in Canabrava's 1999 reconnaissance sampling program, are now being analyzed for major element chemistry. The program was designed to test an extensive area of prospective terrain on the Superior Craton including the area currently being evaluated.
Summer exploration on the Severn Project will include additional airborne geophysics and probable follow-up heavy mineral sampling to identify prospective targets for drilling later this year.
Under the terms of the Severn Joint Venture agreement, Navigator can earn a 50% interest in the Severn Project by spending $1.75 million over two years, with a firm commitment to spend $1 million within the first year. Once Navigator has earned its 50% interest, exploration expenditures will be jointly funded on a pro-rata basis. Navigator is the operator of the project.
Canabrava Diamond Corporation is actively exploring for diamonds in Brazil and Canada both independently and through major joint ventures with Kennecott Canada Exploration Inc., SouthernEra Resources Limited and Paramount Ventures and Finance Inc. Canabrava is 52.5% owned by Southwestern Gold Corporation (SWG-T).
Rory O. Moore, President Canabrava Diamond Corporation Eira Thomas, President Navigator Exploration Corp.
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