Eagle Plains/Providence Announce Airborne Gravity Geophysical Survey Results
Cranbrook, B.C., May 2, 2012: Eagle Plains Resources (TSX-V: EPL) and Providence Resources Corp. (TSX-V: PV, OTCQX: PRVSF) are pleased to announce receipt of results from property scale airborne gravity gradiometer geophysical survey carried out over their Iron Range JV project located near Creston British Columbia. In October-December 2011, Fugro Airborne Surveys conducted a high-sensitivity aeromagnetic and HeliFalcon™ survey over the Iron Range Project. The results have subsequently been processed and interpreted by Condor Consulting, Inc. The survey produced a total of 45 gravity targets including 8 high priority and 16 secondary priority targets which are slated for follow up exploration as part of the current 2012 drill program or during the 2012 field program. The anomalies defined by the gravity survey are ranked according to their association with favourable geology (e.g., lower middle contact Aldridge sedimentary rocks, tourmalinites and albite alteration), soil lead-zinc-arsenic anomalies, and geophysical anomalies (magnetic and electromagnetic anomalies). A PDF map outlining the gravity anomalies can be viewed here: Gravity Survey Results Map 2011
Iron Range Project
The Iron Range deposits were originally staked in 1897, and were covered by Crown grants held by Cominco Ltd. and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Eagle Plains staked the current claims immediately after the Crown grants reverted in 2000, and it has been exploring the property since then. Exploration work to date includes geological mapping, geochemical surveys, diamond drilling and a 690-line-kilometre airborne geophysical survey. An additional 35,800 hectares of claims were added to the original land package, resulting in a total of 56,200 hectares -- an area approximately 11 km by 50 km. The land package now covers over 30 km of the Iron Range structure, most of it unexplored. The claims also overlie rocks of the Aldridge formation, including the same stratigraphic time horizon that hosts the world-class Sullivan deposit located 70 km to the northeast. Over its 100-year lifetime, Sullivan produced approximately 150 million tonnes of ore including three billion ounces of silver, eight million tonnes of zinc and eight million tonnes of lead, collectively worth over $30-billion at current metal prices. The parties caution that past results or discoveries on proximate land are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved on the Iron Range property.
Geophysical Survey Specifications
Fugro Airborne Surveys conducted a high-sensitivity aeromagnetic and HeliFaclon™ Airborne Gravity Gradiometer (AGG) survey over the Iron Range Property between October and December of 2011. The survey area includes 1,113 line kilometers flown at a line spacing of 200 meters. The survey was flown in an east-west direction (090° azimuth) and includes tie lines (2,000 meter separation) flown at 000 azimuth. The minimum drape height for the survey is 30 meters.
Aeromagnetic and HeliFALCONTM data collection, quality control and processing were conducted by Fugro Airborne Surveys. A second and independent review of the gravity data quality was done by Condor Consulting. Ken Witherly, BSc (Geophysics) hereby designated as a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.
Technical geological work on the Iron Range Project is under the supervision of J.K. Ryley while C.C. Downie, P.Geo. and Daniel MacNeil GIT are hereby identified as the overall project supervisors.
About Eagle Plains Resources
Eagle Plains continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada. Since 1992, EPL has been acquiring and developing early stage projects utilizing an in-house team of geologists, technicians and specialists. Considered a prolific project generator with over 35 properties, EPL invites joint venture participation to expedite development, reduce risk and enhance exposure to discovery.
Current third party agreements if maintained to completion expose EPL to over $55M in exploration expenditures, $6M cash and 15M shares in partner companies. Completed agreements have yielded over $5M in exploration spending, $900,000 cash to EPL and a total of 12M shares of partner companies including Alexco Resource Corp., NovaGold Resources Inc., Giyani Gold Corp., Aben Resources Ltd. and others.
Expenditures during 2011 on Eagle Plains-related projects were approximately $9,100,000 which was funded by Eagle Plains and third party partners. This exploration work resulted in approximately 9400m diamond drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work facilitating the advancement of more than 15 projects at various stages of development. Planning is currently underway for a very aggressive 2012 exploration season, with over 10 individual drilling programs planned, most to be funded by third parties in relation to ongoing option agreements.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO
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