MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - SLAM Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SXL)(OTCBB:SLMF) ("SLAM") announces it has filed a NI 43-101 Technical Report with an independent resource estimate at www.sedar.com on its wholly-owned Nepisiguit Project in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick. The Technical Report was prepared by Wardrop, a Tetra Tech Company ("Tetra Tech") and provides a complete description including maps, sections and other illustrations to support the 3M tonne inferred resource estimate for the A-Zone and C-Zone as summarized below. This information derived from the Technical Report was previously disclosed June 26, 2012 in a press release by SLAM.
The A-Zone has an Inferred Resource of 2,938,613 tonnes grading 3.16% zinc, 0.82% lead, 0.23% copper and 30.64 g/t silver based on a 1.5% zinc equivalent cut-off. The Inferred Resource for the A-Zone is based on 56 diamond drill holes by SLAM and 4 holes by previous operators. The deposit is open at depth and in all directions, located near-surface and thought to be amenable to open-pit mining methods. The revised resource estimate is disclosed at a range of cut-off grades in the following table:
|NEPISIGUIT A-ZONE: INFERRED RESOURCE
|Zn EQ %
The C-Zone has a revised Inferred Resource of 272,402 tonnes grading 1.41% zinc, 0.32% lead, 0.27% copper and 16.60 g/t silver at a 1.5% zinc equivalent cut-off. The Inferred Resource for the C-Zone is based on 18 diamond drill holes by SLAM.
Flotation Test Results
The NI 43-101 Technical Report incorporates information from preliminary flotation tests by RPC Science & Engineering ("RPC") of Fredericton, NB as reported by SLAM on June 22, 2012. These rougher flotation tests indicate potential recoveries of 96% zinc, 80% copper, 75% lead and 68% silver are attainable. The tests were limited to a rougher zinc stage and a rougher copper-lead stage. Additional cleaning and separation stages would be required to bring these up to marketable concentrate levels. Results indicate that bulk copper/lead flotation followed by zinc flotation would be the best option for the treatment of the Nepisiguit deposit. This is consistent with other deposits in the Bathurst Mining Camp.
Tetra Tech has recommended a drilling and trenching program to convert some of the A-Zone resource from an inferred to indicated resource category. RPC recommends additional flotation testing to follow up on the favourable results to date. SLAM intends to implement these recommendations and intends to begin an Environmental Impact Assessment process for a potential open pit mining operation.
About Nepisiguit: SLAM's 100% owned Nepisiguit project comprises 78 claims covering 1770 hectares located on highway 430 approximately 15 km southwest of the world-class BMS No. 12 mine operated by Xstrata. The deposit is approximately 30 km from the Caribou mill just purchased and being put into production by Trevali. Additional information about Nepisiguit can be viewed on SLAM's website at www.slamresources.com/projects/new-brunswick/nepisiguit/.
Qualifying Statements: Robert Morrison, MAusIMM (CP), P.Geo., is an employee of Tetra Tech and Independent Qualified Person as defined by section 1.5 of NI 43-101. He is responsible for the Mineral Resources disclosed above. The Mineral Resources have an effective date of May 31 2012 and have been estimated in accordance with CIM Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practice Guidelines. The metallurgical tests were conducted at RPC of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Leo Cheung, P.Eng., Senior Chemical Engineer, is the qualified person responsible for the metallurgical testing and results reported herein. Sara Lloyd, P.Geo., is an employee of SLAM and the Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved any additional technical and scientific disclosure in this news release.
About SLAM Exploration Ltd:
SLAM is a mineral resource company based in Miramichi, New Brunswick and owns the Nepisiguit silver-copper-lead-zinc deposit and the Nash Creek lead-zinc-silver deposit, both NI 43-101 compliant and located in New Brunswick. The Company is actively exploring to follow up a new gold discovery on its NW Gold project in northwestern New Brunswick. The Company also owns a significant gold portfolio in Ontario including the Reserve Creek gold deposit. Additional information about SLAM and its projects is available at www.slamexploration.com or from SEDAR filings at www.sedar.com.
On behalf of the Board
Mike Taylor, P. Geo., President & CEO, SLAM Exploration Ltd.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.
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