Amazon Mining Holding Plc (TSX-V symbol: “AMZ”)
or the “Company”), is pleased to announce preliminary results of the
“Apatita” phosphate exploration program, which is located immediately
adjacent to the Cerrado Verde Potash Project in the western part of
Minas Gerais State, Brazil.
A regional geological mapping and grab sampling program is ongoing at
Amazon’s wholly owned Apatita phosphate project, which to date has
identified 30km of strike with a width between 1km and 5km of a
mineralized phosphate sedimentary package. A total of 435 grab samples
have been assayed for phosphate (P2O5) at two
independent laboratories namely SGS Geosol and Bureau Veritas, both
located in Belo Horizonte. The results of these samples range from 0.1 %
to 29.9% P2O5, with an average of 7.13% P2O5
(see Figure 1 below which shows the sample locations). It should be
noted that grab samples are selective by nature and are unlikely to
represent average grades of the mineralized package.
Amazon has undertaken a reconnaissance 1,000m diamond core drilling
programme in order to test the depth and stratigraphic profile for the
identified mineralization within the sedimentary package. The results of
this programme are being compiled and will be released soon.
Exploration commenced in the Apatita Project as part of detailed
surface mapping of the Cerrado Verde potash project. Amazon’s
Exploration Manager, Mr. Ysao Munemassa and members of Amazon’s
geological team were responsible for identifying high concentrations of
phosphate minerals in rocks within the same sedimentary package that
contains the Cerrado Verde potash mineralization.
The geology is covered by horizontal sedimentary beds of Cretaceous
age. The base of the sequence is represented by sandstones of the Areado
Group. This is overlain by a sequence of sandstone, conglomerates and
graywackes. The phosphate occurs primarily in the cement of the rocks as
well as fragments in the graywacke and conglomerates. The primary
phosphate mineral identified by petrographical studies undertaken by
Amazon is apatite, but secondary phosphate minerals such as crandallite
and wavellite have also been identified in the weathered zone.
One 30kg sample with a head grade of 3.86% P2O5
was submitted to the metallurgical testing laboratory Nomos, based in
Rio de Janeiro. The sample was subjected to preliminary flotation test
work which resulted in a concentrate product containing 29.8% P2O5.
Commenting President & CEO, Cristiano Veloso, said, “This part of
Brazil is home to other economic deposits of phosphate, so we are
cautiously optimistic that this discovery could develop into a new
source of shareholder value. Early concentration work suggests that if
an economic resource exists, conventional standalone phosphate products
could be produced, or phosphate could be incorporated into our proposed
The technical content of this news release has been prepared by Mr.
Beau Nicholls, MAIG, Consulting Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as
defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101.
Amazon Mining is a mineral exploration and development company
founded by Brazilians in 2005. The company is focused on the development
of Cerrado Verde project. Cerrado Verde is source of a potash rich rock
from which Amazon plans to produce a slow-release, non-chloride,
multi-nutrient, fertilizer product. Amazon Mining is a UK public company
with shares listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since November 2007.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Amazon Mining Holding Plc, Cristiano Veloso, President and CEO.
For additional information please contact:
Cristiano Veloso, President & Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8133 7607; Fax: +44(0)20 7405 7773; Email:
Jed Richardson, VP Corporate Development
Tel: +1(416)866-2966; Fax: +1(416)866-8829; Email:
Figure 1 – Amazon Mining, reconnaissance grab sampling and geological mapping
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