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Fathom (CSE: FNI)(OTCQB: FNICF) Discovers 300m Conductive Corridor – Confirmation of a Significant Magmatic Nickel Sulphide System

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Calgary, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – April 28, 2022) – Fathom Nickel Inc. (CSE: FNI) (FSE: 6Q5) (OTCQB: FNICF) (the “Company” or “Fathom“)  is pleased to announce the intersection of significant, near surface magmatic nickel mineralization within a conductive corridor exceeding 300m in strike at its Albert Lake Property (“the Bay Area Conductive Corridor”). The Bay Area Conductive Corridor (see Figure 1) and it’s associated magmatic nickel mineralization provides evidence that the previously exploited, high-grade Ni-Cu-Co+PGE Rottenstone deposit was a function of a very large magmatic nickel sulphide system. The Company is confident that the historic Rottenstone deposit, in combination with the now defined Bay Area Conductive Corridor demonstrates Fathom’s exploration activities are occurring in a new and developing magmatic nickel camp located in a world class jurisdiction – Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Highlights of Q1/2022 Drill Program

  • Magmatic nickel mineralization occurs within the Bay Area Conductive Corridor, located 450m west/northwest of the high-grade, historic Rottenstone deposit. The significance of this new discovery is proof that the high-grade Rottenstone deposit originated from a larger source.
  • The Bay Area Conductive Corridor exceeds 300m in strike and remains open in both directions.
  • 13 drill holes were drilled within the corridor and each drill hole intersected nickel and up to 3.07% NiEq1.
  • Eight of the drillholes from the current program intersected significant nickel and nickel equivalent values over drilled intervals up to 13.27m.
  • Drill hole AL22052 displays the best results to date with 3.54m at 1.68% NiEq (1.09% Ni, 0.42% Cu, 0.068% Co and 0.75g/t Pt, Pd & Au) within a 13.27m zone at 1.00% Ni Eq (0.62% Ni, 0.29% Cu, 0.039% Co and 0.62g/t Pt, Pd & Au).
  • Three drill holes visually match the net-texture mineralization of the “Rottenstone style” mineralogy. These results, plus other magmatic nickel textures recognized within the corridor could potentially define the outer edges of Rottenstone-like deposits. (The original Rottenstone mine was contained in a mineralized body measuring only 50mx40mx10m, yet yielded some of the highest grades of Ni-Cu + PGE ever mined in Canada).
  • Drillholes AL22057 through AL22054A defines a zone of nickel mineralization approximately 185 meters in strike. This mineralization occurs at downhole depths of 97.55 meters and 144.48 meters, respectively. Refer to Figure 1 and Table 2 for drillhole dips.
  • Additionally, both near surface and deeper high-priority borehole electromagnetic (“BHEM”) targets within and outside the corridor need to be drill tested.

The Q1/2022 drill program, totaling 3,900m in 21 drillholes was completed on March 28, 2022. (See Figure 2, Table 2 for drillhole locations). The Company is now in receipt of all assay values.

Brad Van Den Bussche, Fathom CEO stated, “We are extremely pleased with the accomplishments of the Fathom geological team resulting from the Q1/2022 exploration program. The definition of the 300m Bay Area Conductive Corridor, along with the positive drill results demonstrate proof of concept that the historic Rottenstone deposit did not occur in isolation. The systematic and disciplined exploration approach the team has taken at Albert Lake has resulted in a new magmatic nickel discovery associated with a near surface mineralized structure that is open along strike at both ends. We expect to expand and test the corridor to the southwest during the summer exploration program.”

It is now evident the Bay Area Conductive Corridor is structurally controlled and preliminary interpretation and modelling suggest a fold nose or hinge zone. Continuous magmatic Ni-Cu-Co+PGE sulphide mineralization occurring in both ultramafic rock and the associated country rock is emplaced in a south to north, shallow plunging, keel-like structure that coincides with the interpreted fold nose or hinge zone. At the south end of the corridor, re-interpretation of historic BHEM surveys define zones of off-hole conductivity within 50m of surface. This area has not been drill-tested, but remains a high priority for the next phase of exploration and drilling.

The Bay Area Conductive Corridor’s electromagnetic (“EM”) response, structural control, and observed mineralization textures in ultramafic and the associated country rock are consistent with a magmatic nickel geological model. Furthermore, similar to the historic Rottenstone deposit, it is apparent, based on results of AL22049, AL22051, AL22052, AL22053 and AL22057, that better mineralization occurs within net-texture style mineralization and net-textured to semi-massive to massive sulphide mineralization. It is this style of mineralization that yields the most robust BHEM responses. Also of note are the comparably robust yet deeper Bay Area off-hole BHEM responses (Figure 1) that the Company has yet to drill test. Given the Q1/2022 Bay Area Conductive Corridor success, the Company is now in a much better position to test these deep conductors with a greater degree of confidence.

Ian Fraser, VP Exploration stated, “Defining this new corridor, that contains magmatic nickel mineralization and textures at a location outside of the immediate vicinity of Rottenstone, is a fantastic accomplishment. Our multi-disciplinary approach to exploration over the past year demonstrates that we now have the tools and know-how to locate these features. The presence of potentially economic grades of nickel and PGEs in the Bay Area Conductive Corridor proves that we are in a nickel camp and the prospects for the discovery of additional “Rottenstones” has increased significantly. The combination of coincident soil and biogeochemistry anomalies, stacked geophysical anomalies, well-planned drilling and BHEM has led us to this discovery. There are multiple priority areas within 5km of the historic Rottenstone deposit where we have the same coincident anomalies that can be pursued aggressively through the drill bit, but in a much more efficient manner. This new discovery area is a very small fraction of our total land package – I can’t think of a better place to be exploring for nickel in Canada than at Albert Lake, Saskatchewan.”

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Figure – 1: The Bay Area Conductive Corridor

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Table 1: Q-1 2022 Assay Summary

Drillhole From (m) To (m) Interval (m)2 Ni (%) Cu (%) Co (ppm) Pd (g/t) Pt (g/t) Pd+Pt+Au (g/t) NiEq1
AL22057 97.55 103.60 6.05 0.58 0.19 355 0.43 0.05 0.49 0.90
including 97.55 101.75 4.20 0.73 0.22 439 0.51 0.05 0.58 1.11
including 99.40 101.75 2.35 1.003 0.31 600 0.48 0.02 0.52 1.45
including 100.07 101.00 0.93 1.093 0.33 614 0.44 0.01 0.48 1.54
AL22056 No significant results, south side Bid Island
AL22055 No significant results, Bay Area Conductive Corridor
AL22054 Hole Abandoned
AL22054A 144.48 149.28 4.80 0.20 0.08 113 0.11 0.09 0.22 0.32
AL22053 98.85 108.03 9.18 0.37 0.27 234 0.20 0.09 0.27 0.62
including 98.85 99.19 0.34 1.17 0.46 708 0.80 0.21 1.05 1.85
including 104.60 104.93 0.33 0.19 1.47 136 0.08 0.01 0.10 0.86
AL22052 95.86 109.13 13.27 0.62 0.29 391 0.39 0.21 0.62 1.00
including 97.60 105.74 8.14 0.87 0.41 536 0.54 0.29 0.85 1.40
including 97.60 98.22 0.62 0.58 0.43 364 0.48 2.78 3.29 1.40
including 99.03 102.57 3.54 1.093 0.42 675 0.69 0.04 0.75 1.68
including 105.40 105.74 0.34 1.04 0.53 659 0.67 0.02 0.71 1.66
AL22051 105.40 111.18 5.78 0.36 0.09 200 0.25 0.02 0.28 0.54
including 108.20 111.18 2.98 0.55 0.11 300 0.37 0.03 0.41 0.80
including 108.79 109.07 0.28 2.13 0.22 1110 1.72 0.01 1.74 3.07
AL22050 No significant results, the Panhandle prospect area
AL22049 103.68 111.72 8.04 0.32 0.23 189 0.18 0.08 0.27 0.54
including 103.68 105.90 2.20 0.62 0.72 356 0.38 0.11 0.51 1.15
including 105.55 105.9 0.35 1.343 0.79 745 0.80 0.10 0.93 2.14
AL22048 No significant results, the Dime prospect area
AL22047 No significant results, the Dime prospect area
AL22046 Hole Abandoned
AL22046A No significant results, the Slug prospect area
AL22045 102.94 106.32 3.38 0.29 0.16 152 0.17 0.02 0.20 0.46
AL22044 136.00 137.45 1.45 0.33 0.17 169 0.17 0.01 0.19 0.50
AL22043 118.42 120.25 1.83 0.19 0.14 117 0.11 0.01 0.13 0.32
AL22042 144.70 147.15 2.45 0.34 0.23 176 0.19 0.01 0.21 0.55
AL22041 Hole Abandoned
AL22040 118.37 127.85 9.48 0.28 0.20 151 0.16 0.03 0.21 0.46
including 120.20 123.54 3.34 0.45 0.32 232 0.27 0.06 0.34 0.74
AL22039 No significant results, Bay Area Conductive Corridor


1Where used in this news release NiEq% = Ni%+ Cu% x $4.50/$11.00 + Co% x $30.00/$11.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,050/$11.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $2400/$11.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,900/$11.00/22.04

2Note; interval (m) are downhole intervals and not true thickness.

3Net-texture sulphide intersections.

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Figure 2: Q-1 2022 Drillhole Location Map

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Figure 3: Net-texture Ultramafic-Hosted Magmatic Nickel Sulphide Mineralization Drillhole AL22052; @ 99.03m

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Figure 4: Net-texture Ultramafic-hosted Magmatic Nickel Sulphide Mineralization Drillhole AL22057; @ 100.49m

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Figure 5: Massive Magmatic Sulphide Mineralization Drillhole AL22051; @108.79m

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Table 2: Q-1 2022 Drillhole Location Table

Hole ID Easting Northing Elevation Azimuth Inclination Final Depth (m) Status
AL22039 510490.1 6244860.7 451.7355 123.7 -70 201.45 Completed
AL22040 510438.3 6244811.4 450.3609 123.4 -70 200 Completed
AL22041 510438.5 6244811.6 450.3609 128 -60 100.7 Abandoned
AL22042 510474.8 6244885.4 451.1 120 -68 212 Completed
AL22043 510460.5 6244785 451.3 105.7 -75 193.86 Completed
AL22044 510460.7 6244871.6 451.1483 122.7 -75 305 Completed
AL22045 510433.4 6244777.9 451.2263 124.8 -75 191 Completed
AL22046 509262.6 6241787.5 450.8936 127 -65 60.6 Abandoned
AL22046A 509262.4 6241787.7 450.8936 128.7 -75 308 Completed
AL22047 507861.3 6241219 460.3564 165.3 -45 224 Completed
AL22048 507684.7 6241136 473.3714 150.9 -48 239.24 Completed
AL22049 510452.3 6244751.9 451.0681 105.8 -80 165 Completed
AL22050 510655.2 6245072.1 454.3834 144.8 -50 211 Completed
AL22051 510444 6244753.9 451.7789 107.3 -80 173 Completed
AL22052 510445 6244744.2 450.8261 107.5 -80 173 Completed
AL22053 510444.3 6244743.9 450.8261 108 -84 122 Completed
AL22054 510492.7 6244898.3 451.0963 120 -78 24 Abandoned
AL22054A 510492.4 6244898 451.0963 120 -78 212 Completed
AL22055 510395.5 6244724.7 451.289 102 -65 188 Completed
AL22056 510144.5 6244461.3 451.1372 144.3 -54.1 260 Completed
AL22057 510421.6 6244694.6 451.86624 53 -72 137 Completed


Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) Disclosure Statement

Fathom implements an industry-standard QA/QC for all field and diamond drill programs. Fathom, through the services of TerraLogic Exploration Inc., inserts QA/QC samples in its diamond drill programs at a rate of one sample per approximately every 12-13 samples collected. Standards sourced from CDN Resource Laboratories and CCRMP were inserted into the sample stream at a rate of 1 in 30 samples. Additionally, lab duplicates (coarse rejects) were inserted and positioned in the sample sequence at a rate of 1 in 30 samples and positioned in the sample sequence alternating with standards to result in a QA/QC insertion rate of no less than 1 in 15 samples. Blanks were inserted at the start of every sample batch and additionally after samples of anticipated high-grade or high sulphide content.

Assaying is performed at ALS Canada Ltd. ALS is an accredited laboratory; (SCC – CAN-P-1579 and CAN-P-4E ISO/IEC 17025) and is independent of Fathom. All drill core samples are analyzed using a 4-Acid digestion followed by 33 element ICP-AES analyses (Code ME-ICP61). Over limit Ni, Cu results are further analyzed by 4-Acid ore grade elements ICP-AES process (Code ME-OG62). Analyses for Au, Pd and Pt utilized the ore grade Pt, Pd and Au by ICP-AES (Code PGM-ICP27).

Qualified Person and Data Verification

Ian Fraser, PGeo., VP Exploration and a Director of the Company and the “qualified person” as such term is defined by National Instrument 43-101, has verified the data disclosed in this news release, and has otherwise reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release on behalf of the Company.

About Fathom Nickel Inc.

Fathom is a resource exploration and development company that is targeting high-grade nickel sulphide discoveries for use in the rapidly growing global electric vehicle market.

The Company is accelerating exploration on its flagship Albert Lake Project, host to the historic Rottenstone mine, which is recognized as one of the highest‐grade (Nickel, Copper, Platinum group metals) deposits of its type ever mined in Canada. The Albert Lake Project consists of over 90,000 ha of mineral claims located in the Trans-Hudson Corridor of Saskatchewan, which is home to numerous world-class mining camps.


“Brad Van Den Bussche”
President and CEO, Director

For Further Information Please Contact:

Brad Van Den Bussche, President and CEO
Manish Grigo, Director of Corporate Development


Forward Looking Statements:

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” that are based on expectations, estimates, projections and interpretations as at the date of this news release. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “seek”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “suggest”, “indicate” and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, and include, without limitation, statements regarding the enhancement of the Company’s geologic model and extending the areas of known mineralization and the Company’s work towards defining a resource base. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and other factors may include, but are not limited to, the results of exploration activities; the ability of the Company to complete further exploration activities; timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information except in accordance with applicable securities laws.


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