Lithium Consolidated Mineral Exploration Ltd (“LCME”) has commenced a sampling program to investigate the lithium brine resource potential at the Botswana licenses.
SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc. (“SRK”) designed the sampling program.
Given the salty crust of the Pans and shallow depth to brine, SRK recommended reaching the top of the brines through a combination of shallow pits (i.e. 2m x 2m x 2m) and handheld auger drilled holes.
A total of 10 sites in the Makgadikgadi Pans in north-eastern Botswana have been selected for sampling.
The Pans in the greater Makgadikgadi basin have the lowest elevation in the Kalahari basin at 890 meters above sea level, making it the final collection point for all the rivers and streams within the basin.
These waters have carried dissolved material into various ephemeral lakes on the Pans, since the Tertiary period (+5 million years ago).
The unevaporated water percolates into the subsurface where over time the dissolved material is increased to the point of forming a brine with the salts of elements such as lithium, boron potassium and other salts through a process of concentration.
The brine samples collected from each site will be shipped to a lab in Randfontein, South Africa for chemical assays.
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