​AIS Completes Geophysics & Identifies Prospective Aquifers At MGX/AIS Salinitas JV Project, Salinas Grandes, Argentina

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A.I.S. Resources Ltd. and MGX Minerals Inc.  (XMG:CNX)  (MGXMF) ()have completed the previously announced time domain electromagnetic (TDEM) survey at the Salinitas lithium brine joint venture project located in the Salinas Grande salar, northwest Argentina.

The first of the TEM geophysics profiles has been interpreted and potentially substantial aquifers exist over two three-kilometre-by-two-kilometre-by-180-metre depth areas. Preliminary highlights from the TDEM program (figure are available on-line) show the red zone as highly conductive. Interpreted aquifers outlined in black line (figure 1) are likely to represent brine soaked sands and clay. The large blue structures in figure 1 are black volcanic rocks that can been seen outcropping in figure 3. On line one, the size of the two blocks in the low resistivity area is approximately 6,000 m by 180 m.

Interpretation of lines two and three is now under way and will provide an indication of potential widths. The purple line on the surface shows the main area of interest that will be trenched with a backhoe in the near future.

Salinitas drilling permit update and exploration plans

A.I.S. has been advised that the Salta Department of Mines Administration is expected to issue drill permits within the next week. Upon full completion and interpretation of all TDEM data, A.I.S. plans to conduct trenching as well as an auger drilling program to test the shallow, near surface brine targets that may potentially contain anomalous concentrations of lithium and other elements. Exploration is being overseen by A.I.S.'s exploration director and newly appointed chief executive officer Phillip Thomas. Mr. Thomas specializes in development of lithium brine projects and previously acted as CEO of Admiralty Resources, where he was responsible for putting the Rincon salar in Argentina into production.

Mr. Thomas stated: "This initial seismic data from the Salinitas project based on the TEM geophysics models strongly supports our case for acquiring an option on these strategic concessions. Once all the geophysics analysis is completed we will start our trenching program followed by our initial drilling program of two to four holes."

About the Salinitas lithium brine project

The Salinitas tenements are located in the lithium triangle at the Salar de Salinas Grandes, in the province of Salta. The 4,308-hectare contiguous land package resides in the Puna region of northwest Argentina near the border of Chile, an area renowned for its lithium- and potassium-rich brine resources. MGX has partnered with A.I.S. on the project and MGX is currently earning an undivided 80-per-cent interest by incurring total exploration expenditures of at least $1.2-million (U.S.) by May 31, 2020, and by making payments totalling $3.2-million (U.S.) which are primarily due at that time.

Qualified person

Phillip Thomas, BSc. Geol, MBusM, MAIG, MAIMVA (CMV), a qualified person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 regulations, has reviewed the technical information that forms the basis of this news release, and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Thomas is not independent of the company as he is an officer and shareholder.

About A.I.S. Resources Ltd.

A.I.S. Resources was established in 1967 and is managed by experienced, highly qualified professionals who have a long record of success in lithium exploration, production and capital markets. Through its extensive business and scientific networks, it identifies and develops early-stage projects worldwide that have strong potential for growth with the objective of providing significant returns for shareholders. The company's current activities are focused exclusively on the exploration and development of lithium brine projects in northern Argentina.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
XMG:CNX MGX Minerals Inc. 0.39 -0.01 -1.27 114,027
MGXMF MGX Minerals Inc 0.29 -0.01 -3.82 63,587



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