Belmont Uses NASA Data to Find Anomalies at Kibby


Belmont Resources Inc. has been reviewing EOSDIS (Earth-observing system data and information system) NASA Worldview and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) archived satellite data (1996 to 2017) acquired over the company’s Kibby basin lithium brine exploration project.

Archived ASTER/Landsat satellite data collected over the Monte Cristo Valley have identified significant anomalous higher-than-normal concentrations of clay-mica-hydrous silica-ferric iron minerals in the north-central playa in nearly the same area as indicated by the ASTER data within the Belmont, Kibby basin claim area.

ASTER/Landsat class satellite data have been most effective at broadly categorizing surface units that can be considered as proxy for geothermal systems (that is, sulphates, carbonates, clays) than identifying specific minerals and their mixing components (Taranik, 1988, Sabine et al., 1994, Rowanet et al., 2005, and Zhanget et al., 2007).

This new information was provided by the Central Mineral & Environmental Resources Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado.

Principles and applications of indirect methods which involve using hydrothermal minerals as a proxy of geothermal systems were discussed by Hunt, 1977; Clark, 1999; Greenet et al., 1998; Martini et al., 2004; and Vaughan et al., 2003 and 2005; whereas the direct thermal indices and associated applied methods were discussed in Mongillio, 1994, Hackwell et al., 1996; Haselwimmer et al., 2011; Rowan et al., 2003; Coolbaugh et al., 2007. Well-established methods in multispectral, hyperspectral analysis, in conjunction with modern subsurface geophysics, advanced imagery from space-based and airborne sensor systems, permits their direct and immediate application in geothermal energy prospecting and their evaluation using both thermal signature, and spectral signatures indices (Coolbaugh et al., 2007; Gupta and Roy 2007) (prospecting for geothermal energy through satellite-based thermal data).

Vojtech Agyagos, chief executive officer/president, commented: “The discovery of this area of hydrothermal indicator minerals representing approximately one square/kilometre of our 27-square-kilometre Kibby basin, Nevada, property will become the centre of our continued exploration. This area hosted the highest lithium surface samples as well and is the site of our proposed third drill hole. Our 2017 drill program discovered both water (fresh) and up to 200 parts per million lithium in the core in the eastern side of the property about two kilometres from these thermal alterations. This geothermal alteration sits above the deepest gravity indicated area from Belmont’s 2016 Wright Geophysical ground gravity survey.

“Belmont is presently seeking quotes from geophysical engineering companies for magnetotelluric (MT), vertical electrical sounding (VES) and geothermal probe surveys with a view to isolate the most prospective area to drill for geothermal brine water.

“This new information will be used, along with the planned electromagnetic resistivity (EM) and possibly seismic survey of the property to pinpoint the higher aquifer probability targets for the next phase of drilling. The electromagnetic resistivity (EM) survey is expected to be completed early in January, 2018.”

National Instrument 43-101 disclosure

Robert G. Cuffney, certified professional geologist, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release.

About Belmont Resources Inc.

Belmont is an emerging resource company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties in Canada and Nevada.

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