Dunnedin Defines Potential Diamond Source Target Area at Kahuna Project, Nunavut
March 20, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (the "Company" or “Dunnedin”) (TSX-V: DVI) today announced results from 109 till samples collected in the Josephine Target Area (JTA) during the fall of 2018. Results have defined a discrete target area for potential diamond sources of 3 km2 at the head of the JTA, a trend of abundant high-quality diamond indicator minerals (DIM) for which no source is known yet. Although the focus of Dunnedin’s near-term exploration plans will be on its recently expanded portfolio of large-scale copper porphyry projects in Canada and the USA (see news releases of November 29, 2018 and March 4, 2019), the Company’s next diamond-focused exploration campaign will be aimed at the discovery of kimberlite pipes within this newly defined area.
The Company collected approximately 750 till samples in the JTA in the fall of 2018, of which 109 priority samples have been analysed by CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) laboratory in Kelowna, BC. Superior DIM chemistry in these recent results confirms that the JTA is the most prospective area on the Kahuna property to host significantly diamondiferous kimberlite (see Figure 1). A summary of these select till results are as follows:
- Ranked results from 109 priority samples have constrained the source of DIMs to a 3 km2 area at the northwest up-ice end of the JTA
- The discreet trend of abundant of high-quality DIMs in the JTA have led to a target area with no known diamond sources yet
- Individual sites having unique DIM abundance and chemistry, but internal to the JTA trend, are also considered priority targets
- Geophysical targeting will focus on pipe-like signatures and untested geophysical responses identified to date
- Priority targets will be tested with core drilling with program and budget to be determined in early 2019
“The Josephine Target Area is the most intriguing and prospective area on the Kahuna project,” said Claudia Tornquist, President of Dunnedin. “We believe it has exceptional potential for the discovery of one or several large diamond sources. With the help of our advisor, diamond expert Dr. Chuck Fipke, we have systematically analysed a large number of samples across our property over the course of four years to vector in on new diamond-bearing kimberlites. Last year’s exploration program and this latest batch of samples was a big step forward as we now have narrowed down our search for new diamond-bearing kimberlites to a small area of only 1,500 m by 2,250 metres. We are pleased that the recent sample results show a clear cut-off of the indicator mineral train, signifying that we are now close to the one or more diamond sources. The next step will be to define discreet drill pipe-like targets for our next exploration program.”
Figure 1: Josephine Target Area, Kahuna Diamond Project, Nunavut, Canada
Till samples collected on the Kahuna property are shipped to the CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) laboratory in Kelowna, BC for processing and analysis. Using a scanning electron microprobe (“SEM”), CFM employs proprietary mineral chemistry filters and classification criteria to determine diamond indicator minerals (“DIM”), which distinguish indicator minerals that formed with diamonds from those just associated with kimberlite host rocks (“KIM”). Sample sites are subsequently ranked from 1 (low priority) to 10 (high priority) based on both the quantity and quality of DIMs and quantity of KIMs in each sample. CFM operates using reference standards, internal quality assurance protocols, security and operating procedures for processing, recovery and reporting of results. The CFM laboratory is accredited and audited for international quality standards through the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025:2005, which includes ISO 9001:2015 specifications.
Jeff Ward, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release.
For further information please contact Mr. Knox Henderson, Investor Relations, at 604-551-2360 or
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Dunnedin Ventures Inc.
Chris Taylor Claudia Tornquist
Chief Executive Officer President
About Dunnedin Ventures Inc.
Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: DVI) is advancing its 100% owned Kahuna Diamond Project in Nunavut, and copper porphyry projects in British Columbia and Arizona, USA. The Kahuna Project hosts a high-grade, near surface inferred diamond resource and numerous kimberlite targets. The Company is working with its advisor and largest shareholder Dr. Chuck Fipke to define and prioritize drill targets based on an extensive historic data set, and diamonds and indicator minerals recovered from a series of kimberlite and till samples collected by Dunnedin over four seasons of field work.
Dunnedin also holds 100% interests in the Trapper Porphyry Project in the northern Golden Triangle region of British Columbia, and the MPD Project in south-central British Columbia near Princeton. The Trapper and MPD Projects are interpreted to overlie gold-rich copper porphyry systems having surface geochemical, geophysical and regional alteration signatures of considerable size. In March 2019, Dunnedin entered into a letter of intent to acquire 100% of the Mohave copper-molybdenum-silver porphyry project in Yavapai County, Arizona, USA.
Based in Vancouver, Dunnedin is part of the Discovery Group of companies led by John Robins, a mining entrepreneur who founded and chaired of Kaminak Gold which Goldcorp acquired for $520 million . Dunnedin’s management team has significant capital market strength and is backed by an experienced team of exploration experts with a track record of discovery.
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