Benton advised of latest drill results from Marathon's drill program on the BCF Property
Marathon PGM Corporation ("Marathon" or "the Company", MAR-TSX) is pleased to announce the second phase of drilling results from the Bamoos-Claw Lake-Four Dams ("BCF") Property, which is being explored under an option and joint venture agreement with Benton Resources (TSX.v:BTC). The BCF property adjoins the Company's Marathon Project near Marathon, Ontario.
Marathon hole MB-08-10 hit mineralization 134m in thickness, on-strike and 125m southeast of Benton hole BO-06-20, which intersected 102m of mineralization grading 1.26 g/t PGM and gold and 0.58% copper. Exploration of this area is a priority for drilling, as no drilling has been conducted between these two drill holes. There is high potential to rapidly expand the size of the resource in this area. The northern end of the Marathon deposit has an overall higher than average grade compared to the rest of the Main Zone to the south. Marathon has a right to mine within 200m of the BCF boundary before the JV is completed.
• hole MB-08-10 intersected 0.90 g/t PGM and Au and 0.27% Cu over 134m (from 146-280 m), 125m along strike from Benton hole B0-06-20 (1.26g/t PGM and Au and 0.58%Cu over 102m)
• hole MB-08-11 intersected 2.21 g/t PGM and Au and 0.54% Cu over 20m (from 126-146m)
• 100+ m thick intercepts added millions of tonnes during the growth of the Marathon resource
Phillip Walford, President and CEO noted, "Drilling results from the Benton JV ground are turning out to be a winning situation for both companies. These thick intersections will add tonnes quickly to the resource. Marathon has over 117 million tonnes in resource now and the results from the JV are adding to a world class PGM deposit."
Results from Marathon-Benton JV Drilling
Marathon's drilling on the BCF property has yielded useful information regarding the geology and extent of mineralization. In particular, Marathon's drillholes have extended mineralization boundaries indicated by historical holes and recent drilling completed by Benton.
Hole MB-08-12 is located on section 6150, which represents the boundary between Marathon and Benton's properties. Elimination of the boundary pillar as a result of the JV enables complete extraction of resources, as the boundary pillar would have otherwise tied up substantial tonnes. Multiple wide intersections of mineralization in hole MB-08-12 extend the mineralization downdip.
Marathon holes MB08-09, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14 and --16 all intersected mineralization and have expanded the dimensions of the known mineralization.
Drilling on the BCF property is expected to resume in July. Marathon currently has two rigs drilling on the Marathon property extending the high-grade W horizon and filling in drilling gaps. Drilling of the Marathon and Benton JV properties will assist in expanding the resource.
All of the samples were sent to Accurassay, an accredited laboratory in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to be assayed using fire assay and other standard techniques.
About Benton Resources Corp:
Benton Resources Corp. (the "Company") is a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BTC. Benton's aggressive and experienced management team is focused on base and precious group metal exploration. The Company's diverse property portfolio includes Canadian projects which are highly prospective for gold, uranium, platinum, palladium, nickel and copper. Benton Management believes that the Company is extremely undervalued in the current market conditions. The Company currently has approximately $20 million in working capital and an extremely prospective property portfolio.
Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is the qualified person responsible for this release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.
Stephen Stares, President
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