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Mawson Drills 31.7 Metres at 8.4 g/t Gold at Rajapalot, Finland Including 10.9 Metres at 21 g/t Gold

VANCOUVER, March 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") or (the "Company") (TSX:MAW) (Frankfurt:MXR) (PINKSHEETS: MWSNF) announces positive drill results from the first five diamond drill holes reported in the 2018 winter program at the Company's 100% owned Rajapalot Project in Northern Finland.

Key Points:

  • Drilling to date at Rajapalot has focussed on expanding the size of the known gold prospects; Raja, Palokas, South Palokas and Terry's Hammer (Figure 1);
  • Twenty-one holes (PAL0083-PAL0104) have been completed totalling 4,896 metres of diamond drill core. This release outlines assay results from the first 5 holes reported (PAL0085, PAL0087, PAL0089, PAL0091 and PAL0093) with results pending for the balance;
  • At the Raja prospect, drill hole PAL0093 intersected 31.7 metres @ 8.4 g/t gold from 244.1 metres, including 10.9 metres at 21.0 g/t gold from 252.2 metres;
    • This result represents the highest-grade x thickness interval drilled to date at Rajapalot;
    • PAL0093 was a step out hole drilled 120 metres and 290 metres respectively down plunge from 2017 drill holes PAL0062 (13.5 metres @ 4.0 g/t gold from 180 metres) and PAL0075 (27.0 metres @ 3.3 g/t gold from 64.0 metres) (Figures 2 and 4);
    • Also, at Raja, PAL0085 intersected 9.9 metres @ 4.1 g/t gold from 124.0 metres, drilled 170 metres up plunge from PAL0093 (Figure 3 and 4);
  • At the South Palokas Prospect, located 1,100 metres to the NNW of the Raja prospect, hole PAL0091 intersected 9.9 metres @ 2.5 g/t gold from 145.9 metres (Figure 5);
  • Drilling with three rigs continues 24/7 with additional rigs planned to be added to the program over the coming weeks.

Mr. Hudson, Chairman and CEO, states, "This is a great start to our winter campaign, delivering the best hole drilled at Rajapalot to date. The grade x thickness interval in drill hole PAL00093 puts Rajapalot in a league with some the best exploration projects discovered globally over the past 6 months. We look forward to announcing further results as they become available. We welcome all to Mawson's PDAC booth #2941 from 4th to 7th March, to discuss our work programs and view representative samples of drill core from PAL0093."

A plan view of the drill results is provided in Figure 1. Cross and longitudinal sectional views are included in Figures 2-5. Tables 1-3 include all relevant collar and assay information. Assuming a predominant stratabound control, the true thickness of the mineralized interval is interpreted to be approximately 90% of the sampled thickness. Many grains of visible gold were recorded during core logging of PAL0085, PAL0091 and PAL0093. Quality control duplicates for all holes show good repeatability of gold assays. Intersections are reported with a lower cut of 0.5g/t gold over 1 metre lower cut, except PAL0091 and PAL0093 where 3 metes @ 0.5 g/t gold lower cut was employed. No upper cut-off was applied.

These drill results support the discovery of a new coherent mineralized body at the Raja prospect (ie PAL0093 31.7 metres @ 8.4 g/t gold from 244.1 metres) which has now been traced 300 metres from surface with mineralization unconstrained laterally and down plunge. Drilling at Raja is now focusing on testing consistent cross sections along the extent of the body to extend the mineralized footprint. PAL0087, drilled 90 metres ENE of PAL0085 at the present easterly extent of Raja, did not intersect significant mineralization and infill drilling on this section is required to better define the controls on gold mineralization.

At South Palokas broad lower grade mineralization has been discovered for the first time in the structural footwall (PAL0091 3.1 metres @ 2.3 g/t gold from 248.6 metres), as well as intersecting known mineralization in an upper zone (9.9 metres @ 2.5 g/t gold from 145.9 metres). PAL0089, drilled 70 metres up-dip from PAL0091, intersected low grade mineralization (2.0 metres @ 1.2 g/t gold from 86.7 m and 1.0 metres @ 1.7 g/t gold from 92.5 metres). It interpreted that PAL0089 did not drill deep enough into the structural footwall to test the mineralization subsequently discovered in PAL0091. Further drilling is required to establish controls and extensions of the South Palokas mineralized system.

Mineralization at both Raja and South Palokas is different from the Palokas prospect and consists of sulphide (pyrrhotite>>pyrite), magnetite, biotite, muscovite and chlorite hydrothermal mineral assemblages hosted in predominately grey albitites. Textures range from veined albitic granofels through fractured and brecciated to locally schistose. Veining and fracture fill minerals include pyrrhotite, magnetite and magnetite-pyrrhotite (+/- quartz). Local retrograde chlorite after biotite and vein-controlled chlorite+/- tourmaline and magnetite are also present. Preliminary hand-held XRF analysis confirms the presence of associated scheelite and molybdenite, the former visible under UV light as tiny veinlets and disseminations. The iron-rich nature of the mineralized rocks is a common theme in either the oxide or sulphide form, with a variably sulphidic and chloritic overprint. The alteration is clearly post-metamorphic, reduced, and most likely driven by granitoid intrusions. Chlorite is regarded as the lowest temperature silicate mineral with gold, structurally controlled in apparent spatial association with quartz and/or K-feldspar veins. Altered rocks enclosing the mineralized package contain locally abundant talc and tourmaline.

Technical and Environmental Background
Three diamond drill rigs (K1 & K2) from the Arctic Drilling Company OY ("ADC") and MK Core Drilling OY ("MK"), all with water recirculation and drill cuttings collection systems were used for the drill program. Core diameter is NQ2 (50.7 mm) diameter core. Core recoveries were excellent and average close to 100% in fresh rock. After photographing and logging in Mawson's Rovaniemi facilities, core intervals averaging 1 metre for mineralized samples and 2 metres for barren samples were cut in half at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) core facilities in Rovaniemi, Finland. The remaining half core is retained for verification and reference purposes. Analytical samples were transported by Mawson personnel or commercial transport from site to the CRS Minlab Oy facility in Kempele, Finland. Samples were prepared at Kempele and analyzed for gold at Raahe using the PAL1000 technique which involves grinding the sample in steel pots with abrasive media in the presence of cyanide, followed by measuring the gold in solution with flame AAS equipment. The QA/QC program of Mawson consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, duplicate samples by quartering the core, and blanks the within interpreted mineralized rock. In addition, CRS inserts blanks and standards into the analytical process.

The qualified person for Mawson's Finnish projects, Dr. Nick Cook, President for Mawson and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining Metallurgy has reviewed and verified the contents of this release.

About Mawson Resources Limited (TSX:MAW, FRANKFURT:MXR, PINKSHEETS:MWSNF)

Mawson Resources Limited is an exploration and development company. Mawson has distinguished itself as a leading Nordic Arctic exploration company with a focus on the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Finland.

On behalf of the Board,

"Michael Hudson"
Michael Hudson, Chairman & CEO

Forward-Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). All statements herein, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Although Mawson believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate, and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. Mawson cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates, changes in world metal markets, changes in equity markets, planned drill programs and results varying from expectations, delays in obtaining results, equipment failure, unexpected geological conditions, local community relations, dealings with non-governmental organizations, delays in operations due to permit grants, environmental and safety risks, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mawson's most recent Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Mawson disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.

Figure 1: Plan of Rajapalot showing historic drilling, new results and location of cross sections in following figures. Background: Ground magnetics TMI-RTP, higher resolution with 25m line spacing, lower resolution 50m line spacing (CNW Group/Mawson Resources Ltd.)

Figure 2. Section showing new results from drillhole PAL0093 from Raja, Finland. (CNW Group/Mawson Resources Ltd.)

Figure 3. Section showing new results from drillhole PAL0085 and PAL0087 from Raja, Finland. (CNW Group/Mawson Resources Ltd.)

Figure 4. Longitudinal Section showing new results from drillholes PAL0085 and PAL0093 from Raja, Finland. (CNW Group/Mawson Resources Ltd.)

Figure 5. Cross Section showing new results from drillholes PAL0091 and PAL0089 from South Palokas, Finland. (CNW Group/Mawson Resources Ltd.)

Table 1: Collar Information from 2018 Winter drilling at the Rajapalot Project (Finnish Grid, Projection KKJ2003)










HoleID

East

North

Azimuth

Dip

RL

Depth

Prospect

Comment

(m)

PAL0083

3408879.4

7372218.7

60

60

172.1

101.7

Raja

Results Awaited

PAL0084

3408480.4

7373564.5

116

65

175.0

191.2

South Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0085

3408764.2

7372323.9

60

70

173.5

215.7

Raja

Reported Here

PAL0086

3408742.9

7373932.4

116

60

175.0

135.0

Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0087

3408764.2

7372324.0

60

50

172.0

241.7

Raja

Reported Here

PAL0088

3408764.2

7372323.9

60

88

173.5

221.5

Raja

Results Awaited

PAL0089

3408438.4

7373589.0

155

60

176.4

169.0

South Palokas

Reported Here

PAL0090

3408590.7

7374004.3

116

74

175.4

320.3

Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0091

3408412.0

7373658.1

155

60

176.3

352.8

South Palokas

Reported Here

PAL0092

3408703.1

7372438.0

60

83

174.8

323.9

Raja

Results Awaited

PAL0093

3408703.1

7372438.0

60

75

174.8

329.8

Raja

Reported Here

PAL0094

3408525.5

7373608.3

116

60

174.2

191.0

South Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0095

3408590.7

7374004.3

116

88

175.4

370.0

Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0096

3408590.4

7373662.5

116

60

173.8

131.0

South Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0097

3408703.1

7372438.0

60

69

174.8

344.7

Raja

Results Awaited

PAL0098

3408379.1

7373476.6

116

60

173.7

199.9

South Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL0099

3408188.6

7372763.8

110

60

179.7

154.6

Terry's Hammer

Results Awaited

PAL00100

3408703.1

7372438.0

60

62

174.8

343.8

Raja

Results Awaited

PAL00101

3408109.8

7372764.0

105

60

174.0

182.7

Terry's Hammer

Results Awaited

PAL00102

3408757.7

7374034.7

116

60

176.9

202.7

Palokas

Results Awaited

PAL00103

3408053.3

7372789.4

105

60

173.4

172.9

Terry's Hammer

Results Awaited

PAL00104

3408703.1

7372438.0

240

88

174.8


Raja

In progress

PAL00105

3407898.2

7372624.5

120

60

173.0


Rumajärvi

In progress

Table 2: Better intersections from the 2018 Winter Drill Program.

Intersections are reported with a lower cut of 0.5g/t gold over 1 metre lower cut, except PAL0091 and PAL0093 where 3 metes @ 0.5 g/t gold lower cut was utilized. No upper cut-off was applied.

Hole ID

Depth
From (m)

Depth To
(m)

Width (m)

Au (g/t)

Date Reported

PAL0085

124

133.9

9.9

4.1

Here

PAL0085

137.9

138.9

1.0

0.5

Here

PAL0085

170

171

1.0

1.7

Here

PAL0089

86.65

88.65

2.0

1.2

Here

PAL0089

92.45

93.45

1.0

1.7

Here

PAL0089

101.2

102.2

1.0

0.6

Here

PAL0091

145.9

155.8

9.9

2.5

Here

PAL0091

159.4

160.5

1.1

0.9

Here

includes

155

155.8

0.8

19.9

Here

PAL0091

248.6

251.7

3.1

2.3

Here

PAL0091

256.5

257.4

0.9

0.6

Here

PAL0093

186

187

1.0

0.6

Here

PAL0093

244.05

275.7

31.7

8.4

Here

includes

252.15

263

10.9

21.0

Here

PAL0093

280.4

281.4

1.0

6.8

Here

Table 3: Individual assay data from drill holes PAL0085, PAL0089, PAL0091 and PAL0093

Hole ID

Depth
From
(m)

Depth To
(m)

Width
(m)

Au g/t

PAL0085

124

125.1

1.1

1.89

PAL0085

125.1

125.95

0.85

10.8

PAL0085

125.95

126.95

1

0.6

PAL0085

126.95

127.95

1

5.66

PAL0085

127.95

128.8

0.85

11.9

PAL0085

128.8

129.8

1

0.73

PAL0085

129.8

130.4

0.6

15.2

PAL0085

130.4

131.15

0.75

1.14

PAL0085

131.15

131.9

0.75

1.1

PAL0085

131.9

132.9

1

1.17

PAL0085

132.9

133.9

1

0.62

PAL0089

86.65

87.65

1

0.79

PAL0089

87.65

88.65

1

1.59

PAL0089

88.65

89.45

0.8

0.15

PAL0089

89.45

90.45

1

0.025

PAL0089

90.45

91.45

1

0.17

PAL0089

91.45

92.45

1

0.06

PAL0089

92.45

93.45

1

1.74

PAL0091

145.9

146.9

1

2.39

PAL0091

146.9

147.9

1

1.74

PAL0091

147.9

148.9

1

1.08

PAL0091

148.9

149.9

1

0.55

PAL0091

149.9

151.2

1.3

1.07

PAL0091

151.2

152.2

1

1.1

PAL0091

152.2

153

0.8

0.34

PAL0091

153

154

1

0.025

PAL0091

154

155

1

0.025

PAL0091

155

155.8

0.8

19.9

PAL0091

248.6

249.65

1.05

0.56

PAL0091

249.65

250.7

1.05

4.95

PAL0091

250.7

251.7

1

1.35

PAL0093

244.05

245

0.95

0.61

PAL0093

245

246

1

0.07

PAL0093

246

247

1

1.06

PAL0093

247

248

1

5.25

PAL0093

248

248.8

0.8

0.96

PAL0093

248.8

250

1.2

0.06

PAL0093

250

251.1

1.1

0.06

PAL0093

251.1

252.15

1.05

0.1

PAL0093

252.15

253.15

1

12.7

PAL0093

253.15

254.15

1

1.86

PAL0093

254.15

255.15

1

16.4

PAL0093

255.15

256.15

1

6.39

PAL0093

256.15

257

0.85

4.52

PAL0093

257

258

1

33.1

PAL0093

258

258.75

0.75

38.7

PAL0093

258.75

259.75

1

115

PAL0093

259.75

260.75

1

4.61

PAL0093

260.75

261.8

1.05

2.65

PAL0093

261.8

263

1.2

1.62

PAL0093

263

264.1

1.1

0.025

PAL0093

264.1

265.15

1.05

0.09

PAL0093

265.15

265.9

0.75

0.14

PAL0093

265.9

266.7

0.8

5.67

PAL0093

266.7

267.75

1.05

12.5

PAL0093

267.75

268.6

0.85

0.025

PAL0093

268.6

269.45

0.85

0.05

PAL0093

269.45

270.7

1.25

0.57

PAL0093

270.7

271.95

1.25

1.44

PAL0093

271.95

272.75

0.8

0.48

PAL0093

272.75

273.7

0.95

0.19

PAL0093

273.7

274.7

1

6.43

PAL0093

274.7

275.7

1

3.75

PAL0093

275.7

276.55

0.85

0.27

PAL0093

276.55

277.95

1.4

0.14

PAL0093

277.95

278.45

0.5

0.025

PAL0093

278.45

279.45

1

0.025

PAL0093

279.45

280.4

0.95

0.07

PAL0093

280.4

281.4

1

6.83

SOURCE Mawson Resources Ltd.

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