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Canada Carbon Receives Full Assay Results on its Asbury Property, Including 12.25%Cg over 22.50 Metres

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Canada Carbon Inc. reports positive results from Fall 2023 drilling program at Asbury Property, showing significant graphitic mineralization. The drilling aimed to test depth and lateral extensions of known mineralization and new conductor anomalies. Results indicate extensive graphite mineralization, supporting future exploration work for resource increase.
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TORONTO, March 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canada Carbon Inc. (the "Company" or "Canada Carbon" or "CCB") (TSX-V:CCB),(FF:U7N1) is pleased to announce it has received results from the Fall 2023 drilling program completed on the eastern part of its Asbury Property, located in Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Quebec (“NDDL”). These results consist of 909 core samples that showed graphite mineralization. Drilling was conducted from October 16, 2023, to November 30, 2023. (see news release dated October 5, 2023).

Figure 1: Overview of Asbury Project and the Results of Fall 2023 Campaign’s Assays

Overview of Asbury Project and the Results of Fall 2023 Campaign’s Assays

The Program
The 2023 program consisted of 13 diamond drill holes (“DDH”) totaling 2,457 metres (see table 1). The drill program aimed to test depth and lateral extensions of known mineralization in the north-eastern area of the Property and to probe the new conductor anomalies found along the interpreted mineralized corridor that connects the historical Asbury mine site to the current area (See press release dated October 5,, 2023). The interpreted corridor hosts multiple conductors and VTEM anomalies (see figure 1). This corridor also extends approximately five (5) kilometres (“km”) from the historical Asbury mine to the northeast (See press release dated March 27, 2023). Historical mining operations extracted 875,000 tons of graphite at a 6 %(Cg) cut-off grade (Charbonneau 2012). 

Initial interpretation of the results indicates significant graphitic mineralization, which in turn explains the conductor anomalies. The results can be found in Table 2, below. The Company will utilize these results, along with those of other campaigns and legacy exploration work, to design and plan future drilling campaigns, and will publish additional targets for future exploration work. With the current results obtained, the technical team is confident that the complete conductor anomaly will be explained by graphitic mineralization on the Property. It is of note that the 5 km corridor appears to host two different anomalies and that both anomalies have shown extensive graphite mineralization so far.

Table 1: Drill Collar Table

Hole IDEasting (NAD 83) Northing (NAD 83) Elevation (m) Depth (m) Azimuth Dip 
AS23-01459682 5113220 351 225.00 315 -45 
AS23-02b459836 5113279 335 300.00 145 -45 
AS23-03459682 5113220 351 116.35 135 -50 
AS23-06459895 5113441 312 263.50 135 -45 
AS23-08459980 5113472 338 201.00 135 -45 
AS23-11460136 5113402 304 213.50 135 -53 
AS23-12460136 5113402 304 204.00 105 -55 
AS23-13460322 5113628 275 120.40 135 -45 
AS23-14460322 5113628 275 102.00 315 -60 
AS23-15460408 5113671 276 114.95 135 -45 
AS23-16460408 5113671 276 192.00 25 -45 
AS23-17460050 5113365 308 216.00 155 -53 
AS23-18460050 5113365 308 189.00 170 -48 


Table 2: Preliminary Drill Holes Rush Assay Results From Selected Intervals

Drill Hole Id From
(m)
 To (m) Interval
(m) *
 Average
Results %
(Cg)
 True
Thickness
(m) **
 
DDH-AS23-01 140.50 162.50 22.00 1.36   
including 147.35 158 10.65 1.66 8.28 
DDH-AS23-02b 176.70 198.00 21.30 1.00   
DDH-AS22-03 49.50 69.00 19.50 0.89   
including 48.00 62.60 14.60 4.09   
including 48.00 51.55 3.55 9.59   
DDH-AS23-08 21.00 60.00 39.00 4.46   
including 26.85 32.00 5.15 9.26 3.97 
including 39.30 43.00 3.70 14.73 2.85 
including 51.35 52.50 1.15 18.40 0.89 
DDH-AS23-11 104.70 153.15 48.45 1.77   
including 127.20 133.20 6.00 4.38   
DDH-AS23-12 78.85 175.30 96.45 1.80 50.80 
including 121.65 129.8 8.15 5.20 42.38 
including 161.00 169.00 8.00 5.24 41.92 
DDH-AS23-13 27.00 88.90 61.90 1.54   
including 54.55 58.00 3.45 3.15   
DDH-AS23-14 20.10 42.90 22.80 1.96   
including 13.5 25.1 11.6 1.53 10.04 
including 38.45 39.85 1.4 14.3   
DDH-AS23-16 113.50 129.80 16.30 3.31   
including 115.45 119.60 4.15 8.54   
DDH-AS23-17 128.25 174.40 46.15 1.59   
including 132.30 141.85 9.55 4.94   
DDH-AS23-18 78.85 118.50 39.65 7.81   
including 80.40 87.75 7.35 19.58   

* Assay intervals reported are core lengths;
** True thickness has been modelized by SGS following the review of the geological model and vary between 43% and 96% of the true intersects.

Highlights

  • Results for drill holes targeting the conductor to the south (see zoomed map below) show consistency with historic drilling and highlight the possible northeast extension of the graphite mineralization reported in historic drill hole MC-8805 (8.14% Cg over 18.9 m).
  • DDH-AS23-01, 1.36% (Cg) over 22.00m*
  • DDH-AS23-06, 4.09% (Cg) over 14.60m* including 9.59% (Cg) over 3.55m*;
  • DDH-AS23-08 4.46% (Cg) over 39.00m* including 14.73% (Cg) over 3.7m* or 14.73% (Cg) over 2.85m**;
  • DDH-AS23-11, 1.77% (Cg) over 48.45m*, including 4.38% (Cg) over 6.00m*
  • DDH-AS23-13, 1.54% (Cg) over 61.90m*;
  • DDH-AS23-14, 1.96% (Cg) over 22.80m*, including 14.30% (Cg) over 1.4m*
  • DDH-AS23-16, 3.31% (Cg) over 16.30m* including 4.15% (Cg) over 8.54m*;
  • DDH-AS23-17, 1.59% (Cg) over 46.15m* including 4.94% (Cg) over 9.55m*;
  • DDH-AS23-18, 7.81% (Cg) over 39.65m* including 19.58% (Cg) over 7.35m*;
  • These intercepts tested the depth and lateral extensions of the graphitic mineralization;
  • Results for the new conductor anomalies along the mineralization corridor are sufficient to interpret the conductor anomaly as being graphitic in nature, with various thicknesses of mineralization along the conductor anomaly that extends from the historical mine to the NE portion of the Property, over a total length of 4 km.

Next Steps
The Company is currently analyzing these final results and will provide additional information in a subsequent news release. These results have also been shared with SGS Canada in order to produce a geological model that will help with the interpretation of the results. This work with SGS will allow the Company to complete a maiden resources calculation on the Asbury Property’s north-east area in the following weeks.

The Company also plans further exploration work, which will include some combination of geophysics, geological mapping and drilling to cover the area between the historical mine and the recently completed drill program, since numerous conductors remain untested over a significant distance. The updated geological model will allow the Company to continue its exploration work to further increase the resource on the Property.

Chief Executive Officer, Ellerton Castor, said: "We’re working on significant conductors that connects the currently investigated area to the historical Asbury mine, where commercial graphite production was achieved. The current program was located approximately 4 km from the Asbury mine and the conductor anomalies clearly connect the two extremities of the Asbury claim area. The Company believes that these results support our view that there is significant graphite mineralization that extends between the two extremities of the Property and explain the conductor anomalies.  This is expected to result in a scalable resource with significant continuous graphite mineralization as already demonstrated from the observations in the cores and trenches we recently completed."

QA/QC and Core Sampling Protocols
All drill core samples were collected under the supervision of SL Exploration Inc. employees. The drill core were transported from the drill platform to the logging facility where it was logged, photographed, attributed a serialized number and split with a hydraulic blade. Core samples were split in half at 1.5m intervals while higher grade mineralization was sampled separately to better identify its grade. Samples were then bagged with their serial number written on each bag. Blanks and certified reference materials were inserted at regular intervals in the sequence of samples. Groups of continuous samples were placed in large bags, placed on skids and wrapped in plastic. Everything was shipped to Actlabs laboratory in Ancaster, Ontario. At the Actlabs laboratory, rocks samples are prepared by protocol Rx-1, which consists in drying, crushing (<7 kg) up to 90% passing 10 mesh, riffle splitting (250 g) and pulverizing (mild steel) to 95% passing 105µ. Graphitic carbon (Cg) was determined at Actlabs Laboratories by protocol 4F-C Graphitic, which is a multistage furnace treatment and infrared absorption, with a 0.05% detection limit. Graphitic carbon was determined by calculating the difference from the carbon assay (after ashing) by tube furnace/coulometer minus the carbonate carbon (after ashing) by coulometry.

A QA/QC program was conducted on the 2023 drilling campaign. QA/QC samples were inserted approximately every 20 samples in the sample series, alternating between standards, blanks and duplicates. A total of 34 standards, 33 blanks and 19 duplicates were sent with the core samples, representing respectively 3.7%, 3.6% and 2.1% of the assayed samples, for a total of 9.4% which is within industry standards.

Three graphite standards were used during the drilling program, one low-grade graphitic carbon (0.13% graphitic carbon: GGC-07); three high-grade graphitic carbon (2.41% graphitic carbon: GGC-09; 2.03% graphitic carbon: OREAS 722 and 5.87% graphitic carbon: OREAS 723) standards. GGC-07 and GGC-09 standards were taken from certified supplier (Geostats PTY Ltd.) and are certified for graphitic carbon and a carbon/sulphur analysis. OREAS 722 was taken from certified supplier (Ore Research & Exploration Pty Ltd (Oreas)) and is certified for graphitic carbon analysis. Except for one value slightly above one standard deviation (but below 2 standard deviations), the reported values fall within the expected threshold.

From the 33 blanks analyzed, 32 of them returned values less than 0.05% graphite carbon, which is the detection limit. One sample was considered not having enough material to be assayed.

Core duplicates were produced during the drill program. They were made by first splitting the core in half, where one half was sent as the original sample; and the second half was again split in half, resulting in a quarter split. For homogeneous rock a difference of less than 10% would be acceptable. This QAQC campaign presents 8 out of 19 duplicate above or below 10% difference. The graphite grain size at the Miller Property is considered coarse and range from 2mm to 10mm. This grains size, compared to the size of a quarter split core piece, make the local variability a greater challenge to duplicate core sample, especially with greater graphitic values.

Stock Option Plan
At the Company’s annual and special shareholders’ meeting held on January 31, 2024, shareholders of the Company approved the adoption of a rolling stock option plan, as more particularly described in the Company’s management information circular dated December 22, 2023.

Qualified Person
This press release was prepared by Steven Lauzier, P.Geo, OGQ and by Pierre-Alexandre Pelletier, P.Geo OGQ, who are qualified persons as defined under National Instrument 43-101, and who reviewed and approved the geological information provided in this news release.
References

Sources
Charbonneau, R., 2012 Technical Report on The Asbury Graphite Property, In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 McGill Township, Quebec, Canada, Submitted to Canada Carbon Inc, 61 pages
Dube, J., 2013. Heliborne Magnetic and TDEM Survey, Island and Asbury Properties. Prospectaire Geosurveys Inc for Focus Graphite Inc.47 pages GM 67561.

CANADA CARBON INC.
“Ellerton Castor”
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Contact Information
E-mail inquiries: info@canadacarbon.com  
P: (905) 407-1212

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking information” (“forward-looking information”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking information and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this press release. Any statement that discusses predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this press release includes statements regarding the development of the Company’s Miller deposit and financing thereof, the entering of the joint venture with Irondequoit Offering, future production from the Company’s Miller deposit, sales agreements and other matters related thereto. In disclosing the forward-looking information contained in this press release, the Company has made certain assumptions. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations of any forward-looking information will prove to be correct. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include but are not limited to: compliance with extensive government regulations; financial abilities; the ability to develop the Miller deposit; domestic and foreign laws and regulations adversely affecting the Company’s business and results of operations; the impact of COVID-19; and general business, economic, competitive, political, and social uncertainties. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information contained in this press release. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect actual results, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, changes in factors affecting such forward-looking information or otherwise.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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FAQ

What were the results of Canada Carbon Inc.'s Fall 2023 drilling program at the Asbury Property?

Canada Carbon Inc. reported positive results showing significant graphitic mineralization from the Fall 2023 drilling program at the Asbury Property.

Where is the Asbury Property located?

The Asbury Property is located in Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Quebec.

What was the objective of the 2023 drilling program by Canada Carbon Inc.?

The objective of the 2023 drilling program was to test depth and lateral extensions of known mineralization and new conductor anomalies at the Asbury Property.

How many core samples were collected during the Fall 2023 drilling program?

A total of 909 core samples were collected during the Fall 2023 drilling program.

Who supervised the collection of drill core samples for Canada Carbon Inc.?

The drill core samples were collected under the supervision of SL Exploration Inc. employees.

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