Aug 12, 2015
Significant Mid Volatile Coking Coal structure discovered at Altitude North Project near Grande Cache, west central Alberta, Canada
CALGARY, ALBERTA: Altitude Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ALI) ("Altitude") is pleased to announce that it has discovered a multiple near surface mid volatile coking coal deposit at its Altitude North property located in west central Alberta near the town of Grande Cache. The Altitude North property has an area of 7,561 ha and stretches over a length of 23 km (north to south). Significant coal seam intersections were identified and traced south to north along the entire extent of the property. Coal outcrops were sampled and a total of 11 samples were sent for proximal and petrographic analysis. Initial historic Alberta government exploration reports showed some coal outcrops which were identified from field work in the 1960 -- 1980s but there are no reports of advanced exploration or drilling being carried out on these properties.
"This is one of the few areas remaining in Alberta which has never been properly explored for coal. Altitude North offers us an excellent opportunity to prove up a potentially significant mid volatile coking coal deposit close to rail and port," said Gene Wusaty, Altitude's CEO. "Additional adjacent coal leases are available and are being evaluated. We are now planning for a larger more comprehensive field program for later this year to further explore the property and determine potential drilling targets".
Grande Cache serves as the primary population center for the area. The community is accessible via Highways No. 16 and 40 North, as well as by air via the Grande Cache Municipal Airport (10km south). Basic amenities and infrastructure are provided within the community. The area is serviced by rail (Canadian National Railway & Alberta Resources Railway) and has the capacity to accommodate coal unit trains which provide access to either Vancouver or Prince Rupert coal ports. The Grande Cache mine property is located approximately 10km north of the community.
The area consists of mainly forested mountains, with many mountains reaching altitudes upwards of 1800m. Due to the high elevations many of the ridgelines and rocky peaks extend above the timberline and have little to no vegetation, exposing extensive continuous outcrops. These barren ridgelines also serve as ideal structural mapping and sampling locations which are easily and efficiently accessible by helicopter. Additional outcrops are found on exposed ridges along tributary streams of the Sheep River. Gravelled roads, ATV trails, seismic lines, and hiking trails provide limited access to the perimeter of the Property.
COAL OUTCROP LOCATION MAP
The Grande Cache Member of the Gates Formation is the primary coal-bearing unit present on the property. There are seven main coal seams identified in this Member, with two of these seams, No. 4 and No. 10, showing a continuous regional extent. There is significant property scale variability for these coal seams, requiring detailed local geological mapping to properly define.
Structural geology in the Foothills area of the Rocky Mountain Thrust Belt is characterized by west-dipping sub-parallel thrust faults of varying displacement, with generally northwest-southeast traces. These are accompanied by asymmetrical to overturned folds often with steep west to southwest-dipping axial planes which also trend northwest-southeast. Coal-bearing sediments of the Luscar Group are exposed in a northwest-trending belt bounded by over-thrust Paleozoic or Jurassic Fernie Group sediments to the southwest, and younger mid to upper Cretaceous marine sediments of the Shaftsbury, Dunvegan and Kaskapau Formations to the northeast.
Summary of Surface Exposed Coal Seam, Mapped 2015
Eleven individual coal outcrop channel samples were collected in the field for characterization studies. Trenches were dug by hand to expose coal intervals; this prevented the field team from reaching un-oxidised coal. Samples were collected as continuous chips across the exposed seam by the site geologist. Seams were sampled as one, or in some cases two samples were combined where thickness or lithologic variation was apparent. Samples were sealed and transported to the Birtley Coal and Mineral Testing Division of GWIL Industries Inc. in Calgary, AB. The samples were weighed, dried and crushed to minus 12.5 mm in preparation for analysis. The initial series of analysis were Proximate Analysis, Sulphur, FSI and Light Transmittance (LT). The LT test confirms the degree of oxidation the coal has undergone. Petrographic analysis was conducted on 11 samples to ascertain coal rank and composition. The samples were prepared and analyzed by David Pearson and Associates in Victoria, British Columbia.
Raw Coal Sample Analysis
Raw Coal Results summary:
• The raw coal samples range in ash content from 5.85% to 38.77%, averaging 25.21%.
• The Volatile Matter ranges from 21.07% to 26.37% confirming this is a Mid Volatile Bituminous coal type.
• The Sulphur values are low ranging from 0.25% to 0.47%.
• The very low LT values confirm that this coal is highly oxidized and there for has lost all of its plastic properties.
• The least oxidized sample (AN15-002-003) still had some residual swelling as demonstrated by the 1.5 FSI result.
• The ten higher ash samples were washed at 1.60 sg to obtain clean samples for petrographic analysis.
Clean Coal Sample Analysis
Washing did not improve the FSI results confirming the oxidized nature of the samples. The intent was to produce a low ash sample similar to a clean coal product. These clean samples along with AN15-007c (5.85% ash db) were sent to Pearson Petrography for analysis. The objective was to confirm coal rank through reflectance (Ro Max) measurements. It should be noted that the oxidized nature of these samples makes it difficult to measure reflectance from unaltered Vitrinite grains. The altered nature of these samples required petrographic analysis to be completed using manual observations to minimize altered grain observations.
Clean Coal Petrographic Analysis
The results are encouraging as they show a good mid-volatile coal rank of Ro 1.14 to 1.20 which is optimum for coking coals. There are two anomalous results at Ro 1.04 and Ro 1.31 which are outside the range. The Ro. 1.04 sample is from the uppermost seam in the stratigraphic sequence on the south property and this may be a real result. The Ro. 1.31 sample appears anomalous as the adjacent seams are Ro.1.19. More work needs to be done to determine if there is a structural element here that causes the rank juxtaposition.
Overall, the average Ro is 1.18, the Vitrinite content is 66.51% and the reactive/inert ratio is 3.09/1. This suggests the unoxidized coal should have excellent coking properties and produce a high Stability coke after carbonization.
Gene Wusaty, Altitude's Chairman, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this release.
Altitude Resources Inc. is a Canadian coking coal company focused on developing its Palisades Coal Project located northwest of Hinton, Alberta, Canada as well as its interest in the Elan project in southwestern Alberta. The Elan and Palisades Coal Projects are located in close proximity to CP and CN Rail respectively which have capacity to provide transport of coal to deep-water ports on the west coast of Canada to service the growing demand from world markets.
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