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Mountain Provinces explores Kennady North

Mining Explorers 2021 - January 27, 2022

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. has two active exploration programs focused on discovering new diamond-rich kimberlites to extend the life of Gahcho Kué, a diamond mine in Northwest Territories owned under a joint venture between De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province (49%).

The first program, which is carried out by the Gahcho Kué Joint Venture, is focused on exploring for discoveries across the 5,216-hectare (12,889 acres) Gahcho Kué property that can extend the life of the mine.

Mountain Province says it has developed a very proactive relationship with De Beers, with regular meetings held to discuss exploration plans and collaborative workshops to prioritize new targets for drilling. This collaboration resulted in the 2019 discovery of the Wilson kimberlite within 200 meters of a planned open pit mining area at Gahcho Kué.

Named after Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964), who is officially recognized as Canada's first female geologist, Wilson is the first kimberlite discovered on the Gahcho Kué JV property in more than 20 years.

In addition to the joint venture exploration, Mountain Province is carrying out its own investigation of Kennady North, a 107,373-hectare (265,324 acres) property that surrounds the Gahcho Kué property.

Kennady North is a diamond exploration property that hosts three kimberlites with delineated resources – Kelvin, Faraday 1-3, and Faraday 2.

Kelvin hosts 8.5 million metric tons of inferred resource averaging 1.6 carats per ton (13.62 million carats) of diamonds.

Faraday 2 hosts 2.07 million metric tons of inferred resources averaging 2.63 c/t (5.45 million carats) of diamonds.

Faraday 1-3 hosts 1.87 million metric tons of inferred resources averaging 1.04 c/t (1.9 million carats) of diamonds.

A winter program carried out early in 2021 tested a new ground-based resistivity method developed by Aurora Geoscience Ltd. on an area around the Faraday kimberlites. Known as the Aurora Rapid Reactance Tomography, this proprietary system provides greater resolution and ground penetration than traditional technology.

This snowmachine-supported survey identified two anomalies with expressions that are similar to those associated with the nearby Faraday bodies. These previously untested targets – North Anomaly and the South Anomaly – are priority targets for a drill program slated for the early winter months of this year.

Kennady North also carried out a till sampling program at Kennady North during the summer of 2021. A minerals incentive program grant awarded by the Government of Northwest Territories helped offset some of the 2021 till sampling costs at Kennady North.

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Shane Lasley, Publisher

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Over his more than 16 years of covering mining and mineral exploration, Shane has become renowned for his ability to report on the sector in a way that is technically sound enough to inform industry insiders while being easy to understand by a wider audience.


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