For Immediate Release News Release ___________________________________________________________
Alexis Intersects New High Grade Precious Metal Mineralization
- Grading up to 14.93 Ounces Silver, 0.28 Ounces Gold per ton
May 20, 2009, Toronto, Ontario: ALEXIS MINERALS CORPORATION (AMC: TSX) are pleased to report that a new style of high grade silver-gold-zinc mineralization has been encountered in recent drilling on its wholly-owned Dunraine and Annamaque properties in Val d'Or, Quebec. Four drill holes, totaling 4,638 m of drilling, were completed between June 2008 and February 2009 to test several deep geophysical targets in the recently identified Dunraine Anticline (see press release: June 27, 2008). Results are shown in Tables 1 and 2 below. The most noteworthy results were:
? 512.0 grams silver per tonne (g Ag/t), 9.66 g Au/t and 1.32 percent (%) Zn over 0.5 metres (m) in hole 17317-58A; and,
? 409.0 g Ag/t silver and 2.85% Zinc over 0.5 m in hole 17317-57C.
The results in current drilling are considered significant as the prospective geology trends towards an unexplored area with a top priority, untested MegaTEM anomaly. Alexis interprets the deep mineralization as a potential root of a metal rich system related to the Megatem anomaly. The significance is particularly enhanced considering the apparent symmetry and geometry of this 4.5 km? target area in relation to the large East Sullivan Deposit which produced 16.4 Mt @ 1.03% Cu, 0.7 % Zn and 9.6 g/t Ag.
Table 1: Highlights for Silver-Gold-Zinc Mineralization encountered on the
Dunraine-Annamaque Drilling Program, Val d'Or Quebec
Core Length (m)
Abbreviations: g.Ag/t - grams Silver per metric tonne; g.Au/t - grams Gold per metric tonne; Zn - Zinc, m - metres; (1)Drilled in 1993. True widths are between 80 and 95% of intersections length.
Alexis has now correlated this mineralization in three drill holes over a distance of +500 metres and concludes that the values lie along a single, WSW trending structure. The structure trends directly towards the shallow, untested Megatem anomaly 400 metres further to the west. The anomaly lies within a 1.5 km wide area where there are no outcrops and no previous drilling, to the immediate east of the East Sullivan Intrusion. The East Sullivan Deposit lies to the immediate west of this intrusion, with mirror-like symmetry to the Intrusion and the Megatem anomaly.
The new style of mineralization is associated with distinct garnet rich alteration and with magnetite, sphalerite and stringers of native silver. The style of mineralization and alteration is interpreted to be skarn-type in nature and related to the proximity to the East Sullivan Intrusion located 4 km to the west of the area of current drilling. The Company conducted exploration in 2004-2005 on several optioned properties to the immediate south of the current Alexis owned properties and introduced the skarn model to the District as an explanation for the style and character of alteration and mineralization encountered over much of this area surrounding late Syn-tectonic intrusions.
Reported drilling is in an area located approximately 8 km southwest of the Louvicourt Mine and in the Dunraine Antiform, interpreted to represent the folded continuation of Louvicourt Mine stratigraphy. Drilling focused on testing deep Titan24 geophysical anomalies and several unexplained off-hole PEM anomalies detected in historical drilling, in the search for Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) styles of mineralization. The new style of high grade silver-gold mineralization, reported in Table 1, was intersected in the hanging wall to the Val d'Or Mine Horizon, the original target horizon of drilling.
All four drill holes completed also encountered the common association of copper-rich stringer-type mineralization within chloritic alteration zones, typical of VMS environments. The most significant results are reported in Table 2. Recompilation of the mineralized stratigraphy in the camp will be completed prior to additional drilling.
Table 2: Highlights for VMS-style Stringer Mineralization encountered in the
Dunraine-Annamaque Drilling Program, Val d'Or Quebec
Core Length (m)
LV - Low Values. True width are between 50% and 85% of intersection length
Alexis has again found new potential in the highly prolific mining camps of the Abitibi district where significant mineral resources continue to be found. The Company's large land holdings in this area provide the foundation for discovery integral to the advancement of its strategy of finding world class deposits
The technical and scientific content of this press release has been reviewed by Jean Girard, P.Eng., employee of the Company and Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101. Assay samples are taken from NQ or BQ core, sawed in half with one half sent to a commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program is followed on samples from drill core that includes mineralized standards, blank and field duplicate for each batch of samples. Analyses are performed by ALS Chemex of Val d'Or, Qu?bec.
About Alexis Minerals
Alexis Minerals Corporation is a Canadian mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol "AMC"). The Company owns one producing gold mine in Val d'Or and is advancing a second wholly-owned gold deposit towards production, the Lac Pelletier gold property in Rouyn-Noranda. Alexis undertakes exploration in the mineral rich Val d'Or (100% ownership of 212 sq. km.) and Rouyn-Noranda Mining Camps (50% ownership of 785 sq.km and in joint venture with Xstrata Copper). Further information about Alexis Minerals can be found at its website: www.alexisminerals.com
David Rigg, President and CEO
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Bruce Barch, Louis Baribeau,
VP Investor & Corporate Affairs Relationniste
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