VANCOUVER, BC - Willis W. Osborne, President of Great Quest Metals Ltd. (TSXV: GQ; Frankfurt: GQM), is pleased to announce that the Government of Mali has issued a new 90 day Autorisation d'Exploration on the Tin Hina concession increasing the area of the original Tin Hina concession from 230 to 417 square kilometres. This permit is in the name of Engrais Phosphates du Mali SA, a Malian company owned 88% by Great Quest. The company has complied with the terms of the ongoing permit by completing a program in June and has submitted a report. This also satisfies the terms of the new permit, so the company will be next applying for the subsequent permits.
The enlargement of the Tin Hina concession considerably enhances the possibility of finding a significant phosphate mineral resource in the area. A. Allon in his 1959 report, Phosphates Du Soudan, on the phosphate deposits in the Tilemsi district of eastern Mali, included a map of the Tin Hina-Tin Behouki phosphate zone. Mr. Allon mapped this zone over a length of 8.22 kilometres in an east-west direction. The original 230 square kilometre concession covered only 3.41 kilometers of this length. The 417 square km concession covers all of it. Work by A. Allon has shown that the layer or bed of phosphate rock at the Tin Hina area is the same as that within the Alfatchafa hill, 3.7 kilometres to the nouth, so it is very extensive. The enlarged concession also covers additional hills similar to the Alfatchafa and Tin Hina which could also be prospective for the future discovery of phosphate.
During the June program, 26 grab samples were taken from exposures of rock over a distance of 6,870 metres along the southeast and south sides of the Alfatchafa hill where a layer of phosphate rock occurs within a Middle Eocene sedimentary sequence. Results of the analyses of these samples ranged from 5.11 to 33.05% P2 O5 and averaged 24.50% P2 O5. The thickness of the zone of phosphate rock, where observed, ranges from 0.40 to 1.7 metres. The P2 O5 occurs mainly in the mineral apatite.
The next program, in November will consist of RAB drilling, pitting and sampling on the Alfatchafa hill to establish a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource, sampling in the area mapped by A. Allon along the Tin Hina--Tin Behouki phosphate occurrence and RAB drilling in the Tin Hina area. Carl G. Verley (P.Geol), the Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101, has reviewed the contents of this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GREAT QUEST METALS LTD.
"Willis W. Osborne"
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