Core drilling to commence the first week of July 2023
News Release – Vancouver, British Columbia – June 20, 2023: Monumental Minerals Corp. (“Monumental” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MNRL; FSE: BE5; OTCQB: MNMRF) is pleased to announce a maiden drilling program project at the Jemi rare earth element (REE) project (the “Project”) in Coahuila, Mexico, about 40 km south of the Texas, USA border. Rock sampling across a broad area discovered high grades of heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) dysprosium (Dy) and terbium (Tb), and light rare earth elements (LREEs) neodymium (Nd) and Praseodymium (Pr), all critical to permanent magnets for EVs. Additionally, samples contain high concentrations of niobium (Nb) and tantalum (Ta). The exploration work resulted in the definition of 6 high priority drill targets.
An extensive surficial exploration program was completed at Jemi, with the aim of defining discreet drill targets. Exploration focused on the Jemi Dykes and Veladora North prospect areas within Monumental’s claims, which host peralkaline intrusion-related REE mineralization. The work consisted of detailed geological mapping, regional stream sediment sampling, ground radiometric geophysical surveys, and lithogeochemical sampling (see Company’s news release dated April 4, 2023). Based on that exploration work, Monumental has planned an initial drill program consisting of 1800 m over 6 drill holes, targeting high priority targets. All permits, land access agreements and drilling contracts have been obtained and the drilling program will commence the first week of July, 2023. It is expected to take approximately 60 to 90 days to complete, and assay results are expected within 6 weeks of sample submission to a commercial laboratory.
Dr. Jamil Sader, CEO and Director comments:
“We are excited to initiate our maiden drill program at our Jemi Project. We have de-risked this Project from both ESG and technical aspects, and our next step is to confirm our geological models through drilling. The 6 high-value targets selected have minerals and geochemistry with similar characteristics to other well defined hardrock peralkaline REE systems globally and we are optimistic that drilling will further define a REE mineralized system below the surface at Jemi. With two recent strategic financings, we are fully funded to complete this program.”
The goal of the drill program is to define and delineate the source of REE-mineralized (eudialyte +/- aegirine rich) intrusive dykes and sills. Dysprosium oxide (Dy2O3) and terbium oxide (Tb2O3) in surface samples within the priority areas that are classified as peralkaline (92 samples) range between 959 ppm and 4 ppm; and 147 ppm and 0.7 ppm, respectively. The average concentration for Dy2O3 is 110 ppm; and the average for Tb2O3 is 17 ppm. The magnetic light rare earth oxides, namely neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) and praseodymium oxide (Pr2O3), ranged between 3173 ppm and 30 ppm; and 824 ppm and 8 ppm, respectively. The average concentration for Nd2O3 is 467 ppm; and for Pr2O3 it is 132 ppm. These values are in trend with HREO2 concentrations and the ratio of HREO2 to LREO3 is consistently on average 1:2, suggesting similar REE-hosting phases across the project.
In addition to being REE-mineralized, the surface samples are also enriched with respect to tantalum (Ta) and niobium (Nb). Assays for these critical elements in all samples from the Jemi project returned values to 976 ppm Ta2O5 and greater than (>) 3576 ppm Nb2O5, with an average concentration of Ta2O5 of 114 ppm and Nb2O5 of 1114 ppm.
Monumental Minerals will be attending the “Lithium Supply and Raw Battery Materials” conference in Las Vegas from June 19-22, 2023 and the “Lithium Latin America” conference in Buenos Aires on July 5-6, 2023. We will be meeting with a number of direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology companies as well as producers, investment funds and suppliers in order to bring more awareness and potential future partnerships on our projects.
Rare Earth Element Value and the Global Energy Transition
Because of their unusual physical and chemical properties, REEs have diverse energy, industrial, and military technology applications. It is projected that rare earth magnets will maintain dominant market share, powering EVs as well as other types of electric motors (e.g., wind turbines, water pumps) this decade, as there is minimal to no substitution risk. Significant demand growth is therefore expected, and the already tight market and elevated price levels for key magnet rare earths (Nd, Pr, Dy, and Tb) is likely to continue4. The strongest magnets are neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) are and are used when space and weight are restrictions are present. The addition of terbium and dysprosium to NdFeB magnets can double their optimal operating temperature from 80°C to 160°C. In addition, dysprosium with praseodymium increases a magnet’s coercivity (the resistance of a magnetic material to change in magnetisation).
The four key REEs (Nd, Pr, Dy, Tb) represent 94% of the REE market by value, all of which are enriched at Jemi. Concentrations of Nb and Ta are also enriched and could potentially be economically significant.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a Director of the Company and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Raffle verified the data disclosed which includes a review of the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information and opinions contained therein.
About Monumental Minerals Corp.
Monumental Minerals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral resource properties in the critical and electric metals sector. The Company’s flagship asset is the Jemi HREE project located in Coahuila, Mexico near the Texas, USA border which the Company has an option to acquire 100% of the 3,650-hectare project. The Company has an option to acquire a 75% interest and title to the Laguna cesium-lithium brine project located in Chile and a 50.01% interest in the Salar De Turi lithium project in Chile.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
/s/ “Jamil Sader”
Jamil Sader, Chief Executive Officer and Director
 Total Rare Earth Oxides (TREO) includes: La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3.
2 Heavy Rare Earth Oxides (HREO) includes: Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3,
3 Light Rare Earth Oxides (LREO) includes La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3.
4 BMO Capital Markets, Into the Abyss: A Supply-Chain Deep Dive from Rare Earth to Permanent Magnets, May 31, 2022.
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