| ||September 18, 2006|
Uranium Assays of 0.80% U3O8 From Strickland Prospect #128
| ||COMMANDER RESOURCES LTD. (CMD-TSX Venture) is pleased to provide uranium assay results from four of the Company's Hermitage Uranium Prospects in Newfoundland. Prospecting continues to find new uranium showings. |
- On the Strickland Property, at the recently discovered #129 Prospect, five samples from preliminary sampling of bedrock exposures exceeded 0.2% U3O8, the highest assays being 0.80% and 0.31% U3O8
- At the He-18A Prospect on the Hermitage property, a newly-discovered boulder assayed 0.35% U3O8
- At the new DT-1 Prospect on the Hermitage Property, a boulder contained 0.14% U3O8
- At the He-1A prospect, additional boulders assayed 0.27% and 0.13% U3O8
- On the newly acquired Quinlan property, prospecting revealed bedrock containing high scintillation counts and visible uranium oxides
- On the Blue Hills area of the Hermitage Property, prospecting north of the Chan prospect discovered two new, high scintillation count bedrock prospects, one with visible uranium oxides
Twenty-five samples were collected from the recently discovered #129 Prospect as reported in the Company's news release dated August 22, 2006. Results from these samples included five that ran over 0.20% U3O8 with two assaying 0.80% and 0.31% U3O8. Two other samples ran between 0.10% and 0.19% U3O8 and a further seven were highly anomalous containing between 0.045% to 0.083% U3O8. Samples were taken from the central, high count radiometric zone which is up to 35 metres wide within the lower count halo of the 65 metre wide alteration zone.
Sample results are shown on the detailed location map on the company's website.
A photo of the anomaly #129 area is included on the website with the approximate boundaries of the alteration zone trending northeasterly across the image. The high count scintillation exposures end in swampy grasslands to the northeast and southwest. The wider envelope of hydrothermal alteration remains open.
Detailed channel sampling of anomalous outcrop areas utilizing a diamond rock saw is currently being undertaken at the #129 prospect and the nearby Troy's Pond bedrock prospect where previous sampling returned values of 0.19% and 0.22% U3O8. Detailed geological mapping and magnetic traverses are also being carried out in these areas.
At the site of airborne radiometric anomaly He-18A, two small angular boulders assayed 0.35% U3O8 and 0.07% U3O8. These boulders are considered to be close to source. The He-18A anomaly covers an expansive, grassy hillside with no outcrops located about 2 kilometres northwest of the high grade He-2 prospect in the White Bear River area where previously reported samples assayed up to 3.1% U3O8. The uranium bearing boulders at the He-18A are metamorphosed sandstones containing biotite, similar in nature to the He-2 prospect.
Close to White Bear River, new prospect DT-1 was discovered while carrying out detailed prospecting along the trend of the magnetic feature that is host to the Doucette prospect. A radiometric boulder, located 3.5 kilometres west from Doucette is immediately adjacent to and downhill from the eastern extension of the linear magnetic high and gave 3,000 cps and assayed 0.15% U3O8. The host rock of this prospect is a biotite banded quartzite, similar to the host rock of the Doucette prospect where assays up to 1.3% U3O8 were recorded. This magnetic trend can be seen on the Company's website, White Bear Detailed Area.
At prospect He-1A several further widespread radiometric boulders were located around the He-1A prospect. Two of these assayed 0.27% and 0.13% U3O8. The host rock is also a biotite bearing quartzite, similar to other uranium prospects in the area. The He-1A prospect is located close to the centre of the White Bear River uranium prospect area.
In the Blue Hills area, two new radiometric anomalies where discovered during detailed prospecting along the Couteau River. One was small and gave 2,000 CPS (counts per second) but the other was 2 to 3 metres wide and gave radiometric counts up to 8,000 CPS. Uranium oxides have been recognized at the showing. Both anomalies. called Chan North prospects, appear to be in highly strained and sheared granite and associated with strong silica and sericite alteration. Samples have been collected from both occurrences.
On the newly optioned Quinlan property, the Company's prospecting crew located a high count radiometric occurrence in the bed of the Cinq Cerf River in the approximate area where a 0.19% U3O8 assay was reported by Shell Minerals in the 1980's. Anomalous radiometric counts ranging from 3,000 to 6,500 CPS were obtained from several exposures above the flowing water of the river and uranium oxides were noted in the exposure. Rock samples were taken for assay.
Although the geological setting was difficult to determine due to flowing water, it was established that angular quartz fragments comprise 30-50% of a highly altered and sheared host rock. Strong hydrothermal alteration consisting of silicification and sericite mica alteration is associated with the high radiation count breccia. Prospecting on the south canyon rim discovered a new area of sub-crop of similarly altered breccia about 500 metres west of the Cing Cerf River showing. These sub-crops also have anomalous scintillation counts up to 2,500 CPS. This new showing may be linked to the original discovery but it is too early to confirm. A photo of the Quinlan property showing these uranium prospects is shown on the Company's website.
Commander's Hermitage Uranium Property now covers 23 known uranium occurrences. Thirteen of these were made by the Company's prospecting crew since late 2005, seven of which were made with the assistance of the airborne radiometric survey.
Bernard Kahlert, P.Eng is the Company's Qualified Person under N.I. 43-101 for the Hermitage Project.
About Commander Resources Ltd.
Commander Resources Ltd. is a Canadian junior exploration company with control one of the largest new gold districts in Canada and a new uranium belt in Newfoundland. Commander's underlying mission is to generate or acquire quality opportunities and add significant shareholder value through discovery of mineral deposits, leveraged partnerships, and/or sale of assets.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Kenneth E. Leigh
For further information, please call:
Cathy DiVito, Corporate Communications
Commander Resources Ltd.
Telephone (604) 685-5254 Toll Free Canada/U.S.: 1-800-667-7866
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