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High-Grade Massive Sulphide Intervals at Ntaka Hill in Tanzania

Posted by on Thursday, 20 December, 2012

IMX Resources Limited

Highlights from drilling at Sleeping Giant at the Ntaka Hill Nickel Sulphide Project

  • Significant new intersections on Sleeping Giant zone, including:
    • 50m at 1.10% Ni and 0.22% Cu from 340m, including 11.45m at 2.87% Ni and 0.52% Cu from 378.55m and 1.25m at 16.30% Ni and 2.92% copper from 378.55m
    • 17m at 1.25% Ni and 0.21% Cu from 303m
    • 50m at 0.57% Ni and 0.10% Cu from 376m
    • 33.7m at 0.61% Ni and 0.12% Cu from 21.3m
  • Additional wide near surface disseminated hanging wall mineralisation intersections, including:
    • 101m at 0.40% Ni and 0.09% Cu from 24m
    • 59m at 0.49% Ni and 0.11% Cu from 169m
  • Significant new footwall intersections, including:
    • 23m at 1.35% Ni and 0.24% Cu from 235m
    • 18m at 1.17% Ni and 0.27% Cu from 293m including 11m at 1.71% Ni and 0.40% Cu from 299m
  • North-end of Sleeping Giant zone now interpreted to connect with L Zone with a new intersection of 33.7m at 0.61% Ni and 0.12% Cu from 21.3m, as above.

In September 2012 IMX Resources Limited reports the identification of twenty-five new high priority VTEM anomalies from the recently completed airborne magnetic and versatile time-domain electromagnetic (VTEM) survey over selected areas within the Nachingwea Nickel-Copper JV Project located in southeast Tanzania.


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Airborne EM Anomalies Confirmed by Drilling in Western Australia

Posted by on Friday, 7 September, 2012
Rox Resources Limited reports the results from Rotary Air Blast (RAB) and Aircore (AC) drilling completed in July 2012 at the Mt Fisher gold-nickel project, 220km north of Leonora in Western Australia.
The 6,517m drilling program, consisting of 85 RAB and 48 AC holes, was designed to test a combination of regional structural and geophysical targets under cover, as well as some strong geochemical gold anomalies.
Rox Managing Director, Mr Ian Mulholland commented on the results, saying that it was encouraging to extend the Dam and Dirks anomalies further, and to also identify a strong nickel sulphide target where there had been no previous drilling.
AC drilling at Fisher East targeted both gold and nickel mineralisation on the NW-SE trending, east-dipping mafic-ultramafic greenstone belt. This included two 1km and 1.7km traverses of 80m spaced angled drill holes across the entire width of the belt where no drilling had been completed previously.
This drilling successfully confirmed prospective ultramafic margins and located several nickel-copper geochemical anomalies. One of the anomalies corresponds with a VTEM conductor and presents a strong target for nickel sulphide mineralisation at depth to be tested with RC drilling.
“We’ve got a number of strong gold targets still to follow up at Mt Fisher, and our belief that the Mt Fisher Greenstone belt has the potential to host at least a million ounces is still strong. In addition, the nickel sulphide target is intriguing, with the geochemical anomaly lying over the VTEM anomaly in a good geological position”, Mr Mulholland said.
AC drilling at the Dirks Prospect intersected mineralisation in MFAC001 (4m @ 0.54g/t Au from 54m, and 5m @ 0.25g/t from 76m to EOH) and MFAC004 (8m @ 0.40g/t from 48m). This line of infill drilling is located approximately 180m north of mineralisation in MFA254 (2m @ 13.7g/t Au from 54m). The results show that mineralisation at Dirks is continuous along strike, and RC drilling is being designed to test this anomaly at depth.

RAB drilling at Dam South was designed to broadly test a series of VTEM anomalies situated along strike from mineralisation to the north. Significant gold assays returned included 12m @ 0.24g/t Au from 44m in hole MFRB037, and 4m @ 0.27g/t Au from 16m in hole MFRB043. These results confirm the potential source of the VTEM anomaly and warrant further drill testing.

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Mt Fisher Gold Project (100%)
Rox has acquired a 615 km2 tenement package which dominates the highly prospective Mt Fisher Greenstone Belt, 40km to the east of the prolific Yandal greenstone belt and 100km east of the main Wiluna greenstone belt.
Rox has an Option to acquire a further area of 170 km2, including the Mt Fisher gold mine which has previously produced 30,000 ounces of gold, and shares similar geological characteristics with neighbouring greenstone belts that host several multi-million ounce gold deposits. Much of the Mt Fisher Greenstone Belt remains significantly under-explored and Rox is focusing on a number of options to establish near-term gold production at Mt Fisher.

The New Potential Ni-Cu targets in Tanzania

Posted by on Friday, 7 September, 2012
IMX Resources Limited reports the identification of twenty-five new high priority VTEM anomalies from the recently completed airborne magnetic and versatile time-domain electromagnetic (VTEM) survey over selected areas within the Nachingwea Nickel-Copper JV Project located in southeast Tanzania.
The delineation of multiple late time EM anomalies further enhances the regional prospectivity of the Nachingwea JV property. Of potential significance is the identification of a high amplitude late time EM anomaly coincident with the Hog gold prospect, where surface gossan sampling returned values of up to 4.96 g/t Au and 0.64% Cu (ASX: May 28, 2012).
Patricia Tirschmann, VP Exploration, commented: “We are pleased to have completed another successful regional VTEM survey and are very encouraged by the number of high quality targets generated. The identification of an EM anomaly coincident with the Hog gold prospect further enhances the exploration potential of this target and we look forward to drill testing it and other high priority targets beginning in September.”
The airborne geophysical survey was carried out by Geotech Limited of South Africa employing the Versatile Time-Domain Electromagnetic (VTEM) geophysical system. The survey ran from July 29th to August 11th and a total of 2,409 kilometers were flown in five flight blocks.
The flight blocks comprising the 2012 airborne VTEM survey were selected by prioritizing areas based on results of the 2010 airborne magnetic and radiometric survey in combination with results of geochemical sampling and geological mapping. Preliminary data from the new VTEM survey is currently being evaluated, and targets are being selected for ground follow-up in order to help prioritize anomalies for drill testing later in the year.
Analysis of the preliminary VTEM data indicates that EM anomalies have been detected on each of the five flight blocks and approximately twenty-five of these represent high priority anomalies with late channel responses. Of potential significance is a high amplitude late time EM anomaly detected on three 200 metre spaced flight lines which is coincident with the Hog gold prospect where surface gossan grab samples returned values of up to 4.96 g/t gold and 0.64% copper (May 25, 2012 Press Release). Several other VTEM anomalies are also confirmed to have coincident copper and/or nickel in soil anomalies.
The Company plans to carry out 1,500-2,000 metres of reverse circulation drilling to test selected high priority regional VTEM and geochemical anomalies including the Hog gold prospect. This drilling is currently expected to begin in mid-September.

Exploration activity at Nachingwea has identified several zones of nickel sulphide mineralisation, at Ntaka Hill, where a combined Measured and Indicated Resource of 12.79 million tonnes (Mt) grading 1.21% Ni (using a 0.2% Ni cut-off) has been announced. The resource equates to an estimated 154,700 tonnes of contained nickel.

In addition, an Inferred Mineral Resource of 45.04Mt @ 0.3% Ni (using a 0.2% Ni cut-off) has been identified at Ntaka Hill.

A positive scoping study for an open pit mining operation means that the Nachingwea project is now advancing towards a potential production commencement date in 2015.

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Maniitsoq Ni-Cu-PGE Project, Southwest Greenland

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

North American Nickel Inc.  announces that field operations have now begun at its 100% owned Maniitsoq project in southwest Greenland.

A helicopter-borne, Versatile Time-Domain EM (VTEM) survey commenced last week and is being conducted by Geotech Ltd. of Aurora, Ontario. The survey is focused on the highly prospective Greenland Norite Belt (GNB) where historical drilling intersected high grade nickel sulphide mineralization (e.g. 9.85 m of sulphide mineralization averaging 2.67% Ni and 0.60% Cu in drill hole Im-9).

North American Nickel CEO, Rick Mark, states, “I am very pleased to see exploration begin at Maniitsoq. We have experienced some delays this month due to logistic and technical issues, but, the helicopter is now on the job. Our flying program last year showed that modern technology works in the GNB. We are all looking forward to more targets being defined and starting our initial drill campaign later this summer.”

The survey will total over 3,000 line-kilometres and, together with last year’s SkyTEM survey, will provide near complete helicopter TEM coverage of the entire GNB within the company’s land holdings. Surveying will also be done over selected targets outside the main GNB.

Electromagnetic anomalies detected by the 2012 VTEM survey together with those identified by last fall’s SkyTEM survey will be field checked and the highest priority ones will be drilled later this summer. Drilling is now expected to begin in mid-August.

More details on Maniitsoq, and other North American Nickel projects, may be found on the company’s website

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Butler Project – Exploration Overview with Geophysics

Posted by on Tuesday, 14 February, 2012

MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. provides an exploration update in the mineral-rich Ring of Fire region of the James Bay Lowlands.

MacDonald began exploring in the Ring of Fire starting in 2003, shortly after the first volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) discovery at McFaulds Lake by Spider Resources and KWG Resources. The McFaulds VMS discovery is characterized by very high-grade intersections of VMS mineralization (McF-04-57 intersected 18.8 meters of 8.02% Copper (Cu), Mc-03-18 averaged 4.83% Zinc (Zn) over 25.75 meters) and at 250 meter-plus depths.

Exploration in the James Bay Lowlands is challenging due to the area being almost entirely a wetland. As a result, there is minimal outcrop, helicopter support is required and exploration time lines are longer. Over $18 million dollars has been spent to date on the Butler property and we have discovered six zones of multi-element mineralization with copper-zinc VMS systems, vandiferous titano-magnetite and magmatic nickel sulphide. This was accomplished through comprehensive exploration programs including geophysics, diamond drill holes and geochemistry.

Magnetic map (TF) of the Butler Property showing the location of identified multi-element, mineralized zones.

The lack of outcrop requires that a significant amount of attention and detail has to be paid to the geophysical techniques used in the area. Historically the programs focused on shallow targets; however down-hole surveys, ground magnetic and gravity surveys have indicated that the potential deposit(s) of interest lies deeper in the structural sequence.

A comprehensive suite of geophysical tools has applied at Butler:

Airborne EM, Magnetics & Gravity

  • 2004 VTEM – 2138.9 line kilometers of data were collected
  • 2008 VTEM – 1325.6 line kilometers of data were collected
  • 2010 AeroTEM IV – 261 line kilometers of data were collected
  • 2011 HeliGeoTEM – 261 line kilometers of data were collected
  • OGS/GSC Airborne Gravity Gradiometer

Surface EM

  • Butler 1 – 13 line kilometers of data were collected
  • Butler 3 – 39.3 line kilometers of data were collected
  • Butler 5 – 12.5 line kilometers of data were collected
  • Butler 3, 5, 6, and 7 – 30.17 line kilometers of data were collected

Surface Magnetics

  • 7 Ground Magnetic surveys completed in 2011 covering 81.1 line kilometers

Down hole EM

  • 64 diamond drill holes probed and modeled

The Company is currently enhancing the geophysical model to include the geochemistry data results. Collectively, all of the above geophysical results have consistently shown that an electrically conductive unit with magnetic properties and high density lies below those prospective zones.  These are the characteristics expected from a sulphide rich zone.

Magnetic map (TF) of the Butler 3 area showing the location of the EM target and magnetic susceptibility anomaly

MacDonald’s upcoming drill program will focus on the Butler property: Prior to drilling, the targets will first be refined using a deep penetrating geophysical method, similar to that used to detect the HudBay – Lalor deposit at Snow Lake, Manitoba.

Three High Priority EM Targets on Greenland project

Posted by on Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

North American Nickel Inc. announce that the three-dimensional modelling of SkyTEM helicopter time domain electromagnetic (EM) data collected last fall over parts of its Maniitsoq project in southwest Greenland is complete and has identified three high priority targets for follow-up this summer. Details on each are discussed in the sections below.


  • Target B1-L – modeled as a 330 x 100 m flat-lying conductor located 160 m below surface within a norite intrusion. The conductor is untested but past shallow drilling 100 to 150 m above the conductor intersected weakly disseminated, nickeliferous sulphides grading up to 0.52% Ni and 0.26% Cu over 12.94 m, demonstrating that mineralizing processes were at work in the intrusion.
  • Target B1-B – 700 m long, untested, near surface conductive zone. The characteristics and orientation of the conductor vary considerably along strike suggesting it is not formational. Magnetic data suggests that it is hosted in a large (2.5 x 1.0 km) norite body.
  • Target B1-J – 170 m long by 16 m wide conductor that comes to surface and is directly coincident with the Imiak Hill showing, the most significant nickel occurrence discovered to date in our Maniitsoq licence area. The model shows that the Imiak Hill mineralization strikes parallel to most of the historical drilling and therefore has not been properly tested. The model has very limited dip extent (21 m), but the best intersection on the showing (9.85 m averaging 2.67% Ni and 0.60% Cu) occurs 130 m below surface indicating that strong mineralization at surface is masking mineralization at depth.

North American Nickel CEO Rick Mark states: “The Maniitsoq project is progressing remarkably well. Our primary objective in 2011 was to employ today’s airborne EM survey technology in this highly prospective nickel belt. Fifteen years ago Falconbridge and Cominco used fixed wing aircraft and the technology of the day searching for conductive bodies to indicate drill targets. It simply didn’t work. After flying only 8% of our Maniitsoq license, we have proven that modern helicopter EM is much more effective than previous techniques used in this 75 km long belt of nickeliferous norites. Today’s release describes, in detail, the first three targets we have identified in this potential nickel camp.”


As described in NAN news releases dated December 6 and 8, 2011, SkyTEM helicopter EM and magnetic surveys flown over two flight blocks covering approximately 8% of the 4,841 km2 Maniitsoq project, detected twenty five anomalous target zones. The location of the project and the flight blocks are shown in figures 1 and 2.

The purpose of the EM modeling discussed in this news release was to determine the characteristics of the anomalies in three dimensions in preparation for follow-up prospecting and drilling. All three high priority targets are located within flight block 1.

Target B1-L

The target corresponds to the Spotty Hill showing, which consists of weak (<1 to 2%) disseminated sulphide mineralization in a lenticular exposure of norite roughly 400 m long and 150 m wide. It was discovered in the early 1960’s by Kyrolitselskabet Øresund A/S who tested it with five very shallow (<60 m long) holes. All five intersected norite with weak, disseminated, nickeliferous sulphide mineralization. The best intersection was 12.94 m averaging 0.52% Ni and 0.26% Cu in norite containing about 5% sulphide.

The SkyTEM survey detected a moderate strength EM anomaly directly over the showing. Modeling indicates that the anomaly is produced by a flat-lying conductor, approximately 330 m long by 100 m wide, located at a depth of 160 m below surface, which is over 100 m below the deepest hole on the showing (figures 4 and 5).

Target B1-B

This target was modeled as a series of six conductive plates ranging in thickness from 9 to 43 m that occur over a distance of about 700 m. In Figure 6 it can be seen that the strike and dip of the plates vary considerably along the length of the target suggesting that it is not a simple stratigraphic conductor. It should be noted that the plates in Figure 6 have been truncated along their strike length in order to show their orientations more clearly. In most cases the plates actually overlap along strike; although the large gap in the middle of the target does appear to be real.

The target is situated within a 2.5 km by 1.0 km magnetic feature interpreted to be a norite intrusion. Some of the model plates come very close to surface and it may be possible to determine the source of the anomaly through surface prospecting which will be carried out this season.

Target B1-J

This target corresponds to the Imiak Hill showing and models as a 172 m long by 16 m thick plate that comes to surface and has a depth extent of just 21 m (figures 7 and 8). Clearly, the mineralization continues well below 21 m as evidenced by hole Im-9, which intersected 9.85 m of massive to semi-massive sulphide averaging 2.67% Ni and 0.60% Cu at a depth of 130 m vertically below surface. It therefore appears that highly conductive material at surface is masking responses from deeper mineralization, which is to be expected. The modeling results are significant, however, in that they show that most of previous drilling at Imiak was oriented parallel to strike and that, despite the numerous shallow drill holes, many of which intersected significant mineralization (see table in Figure 8), the zone has not been properly tested. Two or three holes oriented perpendicular to strike followed by down-hole 3-component EM surveying is required to get a better interpretation of the potential of this zone.

New discovery of sulphides at St. Stephen project

Posted by on Sunday, 29 January, 2012

St. Stephen Ni project in New Brunswick, Canada: discovered new nickel-copper sulphide zones while drill testing EM anomalies.

Continental Nickel Limited announces the assay results from its 2011 drilling program on the St. Stephen Nickel-Copper project in New Brunswick which have confirmed the discovery of new nickel-copper sulphide mineralization. Highlights include: 2.35% nickel and 1.06% copper over 5.45 metres from drill hole SSD11-013 at the new Hanson Brook target, and 0.68% nickel and 0.41% copper over 58.2 metres, including 0.85% nickel and 0.48% copper over 20.8 metres from drill hole SSD11-011 at G zone.

The Company commenced a diamond drilling program in early December to test new electromagnetic (“EM”) targets identified in the 2011 airborne EM survey and to further test nickel-copper mineralization intersected in 2010 in the St. Stephen intrusion. Five drill holes totalling 772 metres were completed in December and borehole electromagnetic surveys (“BHEM”) were also carried out in each of the holes. The drilling program was suspended on December 15th due to wet ground conditions and resumed on January 17th. Assay results are reported herein for the five completed holes (see Table I below). A location figure may be viewed using the link provided with this release.

Patricia Tirschmann, VP Exploration of Continental Nickel Limited, commented “We are very encouraged by the recent drilling results, particularly the new nickel-copper sulphide discovery at Hanson Brook and the expansion of mineralization at G zone, both located along the western side of the St. Stephen intrusion. EM geophysical surveys and drilling are proving very effective at identifying new mineralization and we look forward to both evaluating the new discoveries and to testing additional new targets. St Stephen is shaping up to be a high quality exploration project which complements our flagship Nachingwea Project in Tanzania.”

In 2010, the Company reported the discovery of new nickel-copper sulphide zones while drill testing EM anomalies at the Triple J and G targets.

Hanson Brook Target

One hole, SSD11-013, was drilled to test a new airborne EM anomaly located 350 metres northwest of SSD10-003 (G Zone). SSD11-013 intersected a zone of massive sulphides grading 2.35% nickel and 1.06% copper over 5.45 metres from 45.5 to 50.95 metres. The sulphides are hosted in metasedimentary rocks and are interpreted to be remobilized from the mafic rocks of the St. Stephen intrusion. BHEM data indicates that the conductor was intersected near its southern edge and additional drilling is planned to further test the Hanson Brook Target.

Todd Mountain Target

Two holes, SSD11-014 and SSD11-015, were drilled to test a new, >1 kilometre long airborne EM anomaly located in the south-western portion of the St. Stephen intrusion where no previous drilling has been carried out. SSD11-014 was drilled near the southern extent of the airborne EM anomaly and hole SSD11-015 was drilled near the northern extent. Both holes intersected intrusive gabbroic rocks but failed to intersect an EM conductor and did not return any significant assays. Borehole EM surveys were conducted and strong off-hole anomalies were detected in the immediate vicinity of both holes. The BHEM results indicate the presence of multiple conductors and complex geometry when compared to the airborne EM data. Additional drilling is planned to more fully test the Todd Mountain target.

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Ring of Fire – continued exploration

Posted by on Wednesday, 18 January, 2012

Bold Ventures Inc.  announces that a National Instrument 43-101 (“NI-43-101”) Technical Report (the “Bold Technical Report”) has been completed for Bold’s Ring of Fire Claims located in the northeastern portion of the Ring of Fire Area, northeast of Webequie, Ontario. The Bold Technical Report was completed by John C. Archibald, B.Sc. (Hons.) Geol., P.Geo. (“Archibald”) of Toronto, Ontario. .

Bold holds 46 claims (five groups of claims being 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56, totalling 677 claim units comprising approx. 10,832 ha.) covering high-potential airborne geophysical anomalies. The project area lies west of the Hudson Bay Paleozoic platform covering the eastern edge of the Oxford Stull Domain of the North Caribou Superterrane in the Attawapiskat First Nations (“AFN”) and Kasabonika Lake First Nations (“KLFN”) area of Ontario within the Mining Districts of Porcupine and Thunder Bay. The Bold claims are strategically located to the northeast of the main Ring of Fire structure that hosts a number of Ni-Cu-PGE MMS deposits, Cu-Zn-Pb VMS deposits as well as Cr and Fe-Ti-V magmatic oxide deposits. Prior to staking properties in this area, Bold evaluated public domain airborne Magnetic and Electromagnetic surveys that had been conducted within the main Ring of Fire structure. Since it appeared that the regional geology as defined by airborne magnetic interpretation extended as a large acuate structure and some of these structures may have influence beyond the actual Ring of Fire, Bold’s management determined this ground had potential for hosting VMS and MMS sulphide deposits. The idea was to follow-up on airborne anomalies such as that done on the Noront Resources Ltd. ground around the Ring of Fire and drill-test a number of conductors that showed high magnetic responses as well as coincident electromagnetic conductances mirroring the targets that were found at the Eagle-One, AT-12 Ni-Cu and Black Thor style chromite deposits found by Freewest Resources Canada Inc. Bold commissioned Geotech Ltd. to fly a number of their claim groups using airborne geophysics (Magnetic and VTEM-Electromagnetics).

Scott Hogg & Associates Ltd. analyzed the airborne survey results provided by Geotech Ltd., and selected at least 23 high priority anomalies on the five groups of claims. Dr. James Mungall’s two Interpretive Reports recommended diamond drilling on 12 of these anomalies for 1,760 meters to determine if the anomalies represent bedrock conductors caused by sulphide bodies that might indicate VMS or MMS type mineralized deposits.

Based on the interpretations by Scott Hogg & Associates Ltd. and Dr. James Mungall, a Phase 1 and 2 diamond drill program is recommended to test the top-12 geophysical anomalies on the five claim groups located in the KLFN and AFN Territories. The anticipated cost for this program which includes 12 drill-holes for 1,760 meters of diamond drilling is $1,833,740. Phase 1 comprised of 400 meters of drilling at a cost of $377,906 should be commenced first since an Exploration Agreement with the KLFN is in place (see Press Release dated October 27, 2011). Once an exploration agreement has been signed with the AFN, Phase 2 can proceed. Phase 2 is comprised of 1,360 meters of drilling at a cost of $1,455,834. These two programs are not dependant on one another since they are separate, discrete programs located in two unique areas of the Ring of Fire in Ontario.

Testing geophysical anomalies in north-eastern Ontario

Posted by on Thursday, 20 October, 2011

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.  provides an update on the Phase II drill program at the Albany Project near Hearst in north-eastern Ontario which started on September 1.

Three (3) drill holes, testing three separate geophysical anomalies, have been completed for a total meterage of 1400 with approximately 450 samples sent to ALS Chemex for analysis. A fourth drill hole was started today to test a strong magnetic anomaly with an associated EM conductor. The program will continue until Christmas break to test several high priority Magnetic and Electromagnetic geophysical targets identified by Geotech’s VTEM 35 airborne system in 2010. It is anticipated that 10 of greater than 30 geophysical targets will be tested by year-end.

In one of the recent drill holes four separate and extensive brecciated zones have been intersected consisting, predominantly, of variably sized granite gneiss clasts set in a fine grained black matrix of, among other minerals, graphite with trace to 1% pyrite and pyrrhotite locally. A full chemical and petrographic analysis will be completed to determine the economic significance of these newly discovered breccia zones. Breccia pipe formations are often associated with mineral deposit of varying types around the world.

Another hole, just completed, intersected a coarse grained layered mafic-ultramafic intrusion (norite-gabbro) containing 1-3% pyrrhotite and trace amounts of local chalcopyrite. The observed cumulate textures and mineralization is encouraging given that Zenyatta is targeting new magmatic sources of nickel, copper, and platinum group metals related to the Mid-Continent Rifting. This validates the original theory upon which the Albany Project was based.

The Albany Project is believed to represent a deep seated Proterozoic structure that may be related to the 1.1 Billion year old Mid-Continent Rifting. The Mid-Continent Rift is a known deep seated structural environment that hosts a number of significant mineral deposits around Lake Superior, including the recently discovered Rio Tinto’s Eagle and Tamarack Cu-Ni deposits and Magma’s TBN PGM deposit. Rifting environments around the world are host to many large mineral deposits due to a tapping of the copper-nickel rich mantle by way of the structural conduits and traps for metal transport and deposit.

The Albany Project consists of approximately 300,000 acres in 28 separate claim blocks in an area highly prospective for copper, nickel, PGM’s and other mineral deposit types of magmatic origin. The 2010 airborne system identified greater than thirty anomalies on the various claim blocks. The majority of the high priority geophysical targets are to be drill tested during this Phase II program. The Phase I drilling, from March to June, encountered very encouraging results from previously unidentified sulphide bearing intrusions, favourable ultramafic rocks and a new iron discovery as noted in the news release dated June 28.

Testing EM targets in Sudbury, Ontario

Posted by on Tuesday, 18 October, 2011

North American Nickel Inc.  announces that the 1,500 m drill program targeting modeled plates derived from a ground EM (“InfiniTEM”) survey undertaken by Abitibi Geophysics that was initiated September 14, 2011 was completed October 8, 2011.  Drilling was done by Chenier Drilling Services.

The targets tested are associated with the CJ Structure, a belt of partial melt and quartz diorite-dominated breccias with less than 5 percent pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and pyrite in outcrop. The breccia has been interpreted as one component of a previously unrecognized embayment structure, host to significant nickel-copper-platinum group metal ore deposits in the Sudbury mining camp.

Drill holes PC-14, -15 and -16 were designed to test EM targets within the CJ Structure breccias, PC-17 to serve as a geophysics platform, PC-18 and -19 for stratigraphy and down-hole geophysics and PC-20 to test a weak ground EM anomaly at the southern boundary of the property but on-trend with the Whistle Offset Structure, host to the currently producing Podolsky nickel-copper-PGM mine.

Drill core has been logged, cut with a diamond saw and sampled for assay. Assays will be undertaken by AGAT Laboratories, an ISO-certified laboratory. Full results are expected within five weeks.

To date, three drill holes have been surveyed with a down-hole pulsed EM system by Lamontagne Geophysical Services. Three drill holes are scheduled for the survey and will be completed within 10 days.

Expanding Disseminated and Stockwork Mineralization with ground EM survey

Posted by on Friday, 16 September, 2011

North American Nickel Inc. announces that ongoing field work on its Post Creek and Halcyon properties has resulted in the expansion of the recently discovered Footwall Embayment Structure.

President and C.O.O., Mark Fedikow, states, “Our newly interpreted Footwall Embayment Structure and the area of associated stockwork and disseminated mineralization at Post Creek/Halcyon is expanding as our field work continues. The embayment now measures approximately 600 x 300 metres, and we have adjusted our 1,500 metre drill program accordingly. The drill program is now underway.”

Post Creek Embayment Structure and Associated Stockwork Zone

North American Nickel’s ongoing exploration program in the vicinity of the CJ#1 and CJ#2 zones, recently interpreted as a zone of stockwork and disseminated mineralization associated with a possible Footwall Embayment Structure, has been enlarged due to beep mat and general prospecting activities. The zone of brecciation characterized by fragments and inclusions of quartz diorite and partial melt material and mineralized with disseminated pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite, has now been observed in outcrop, historic trenches and in float material for a distance of 600 metres in an east-west direction and 300 metres in a north south orientation.

The general configuration of this zone has evolved from two distinctive linear features (CJ#1 and CJ#2) to an ovoid-shaped area of mineralized breccia that abuts, and partially encapsulates, ground electromagnetic anomalies defined by a recently completed InfiniTEM ground EM survey. In its survey, Abitibi Geophysics have interpreted the CJ#1 and CJ#2 anomalies as “massive to near-massive sulphide mineralization at approximately 55 metres below surface”. These anomalies are targets in the current drill program. See

To view “Figure 1. The extent of the Footwall Embayment associated zone of stockwork and disseminated mineralization on the Post Creek and Halcyon properties, the CJ#1 and CJ#2 zones and location of proposed drill holes“, please visit the following link:

The Halcyon property is located 35 kilometres north-northeast of Sudbury in the SE corner of Parkin Twp. at latitude 46º 48′ N and Longitude 80º 50’W. It consists of 46 unpatented mining claim units and is readily accessible by paved, all-weather gravel and bush roads. The property is situated approximately 2 kilometres north and along trend from Quadra-FNX’s, currently producing copper-nickel-PGE Podolsky Mine and is adjacent to the Post Creek property. The property is underlain by a suite of Huronian aged sedimentary rocks in uncomfortable contact with an older Archean volcanic assemblage that includes mafic and felsic volcanic rocks and iron formation. Only minimal exploration has been undertaken, although results have documented I.P., electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical targets with associated and coincident geochemical anomalies for Ni, Cu, Co, Au and Zn.

The Post Creek project is located 35 km east of Sudbury in Norman and Parkin townships and consists of 35 contiguous unpatented mining claims and one isolated claim covering an area of 688 hectares. The property is strategically located adjacent to the producing Podolsky North and Podolsky copper-nickel-platinum group metal deposit of FNX Mining. The property lies along the north-east extension of the Whistle Offset Dyke Structure which is a major geological control for Ni-Cu-PGM mineralization.

Helicopter EM and Magnetic Surveys on Southwest Greenland

Posted by on Monday, 12 September, 2011

North American Nickel Inc. announces that, based on the results of compilation work, including a re-interpretation of historical airborne geophysical data and a recently completed field program, it has selected two areas for helicopter, time domain electromagnetic (TEM) and magnetic surveys.

Locations of the two areas, referred to as blocks 1 and 2, are shown in Figure 1 (Download this Press Release (PDF 528 KB). They cover a total area of approximately 360 km2 and will involve approximately 2,000 line-kilometres of surveying. Flight line spacing will range from 100 to 200 metres.

NAN has signed a contract with SkyTEM Surveys ApS to do the helicopter TEM surveying, which is scheduled to begin in mid September. SkyTEM is a Danish company with experience in Greenland and expertise in the execution and interpretation of helicopter TEM and magnetic surveys.

Purpose of the Survey

The purpose of this work is to locate targets for drilling. As described in a NAN news release dated August 15, 2011, the Maniitsoq property hosts numerous high-grade nickel-copper sulphide occurrences associated with noritic intrusions. A large portion of the project area was covered by a fixed wing GeoTEM survey in 1995, but very few EM anomalies were detected and no follow-up drilling was done. NAN believes that a modern helicopter TEM system is much better suited to locating anomalies associated with irregularly shaped nickel-copper sulphide bodies in the rugged terrain that characterizes the Maniitsoq project. The 1995 fixed wing GeoTEM system was often forced to fly at a low angle to strike and well above mandated ground clearance whereas a helicopter system will be able to hug the terrain and survey perpendicular to strike. Also, the signal to noise ratio of the helicopter system will be significantly lower, which will aid in the detection of irregularly shaped sulphide bodies.

Block 1 and 2 Survey Areas

Block 1 covers 346 km2. It includes the largest noritic intrusions and most significant nickel occurrences in the project area (Figure 2). A re-interpretation of historical aeromagnetic data has shown that in this part of the project area the noritic intrusions have a significant component of remnant magnetism giving them a very distinctive magnetic signature. Mapping out this signature suggests that there may be significantly more noritic rock and associated nickel-copper mineralization than is exposed on surface.

Block 2 is centred on a northeast-striking, noritic intrusion known as Pingo that is exposed over a strike length of more than 4 km (Figure 3). Rusty zones ranging from <1 m2 to over 100 m2 occur throughout the exposed norite and typically contain trace to several percent pyrrhotite and trace chalcopyrite. A short (61.88 m) hole was drilled near the centre of the exposure in 1970 and intersected a 4.16 m interval of weak sulphide mineralization averaging 0.58% Ni and 0.24% Cu. This is the only recorded drilling on the intrusion.

Survey Terrain

The terrain in the Pingo area is extremely rugged and the 1995 GeoTEM survey was forced to fly with a ground clearance over 100 m above the mandated 125 m clearance, severely hindering the ability of the system to see prospective EM anomalies. No EM anomalies were picked in the original interpretation of the data, but NAN’s re-interpretation has revealed three high priority EM anomalies forming a line that intersects the south edge of the Pingo norite. These anomalies are at the noise threshold and, accordingly, it becomes difficult to differentiate anomalous from background responses. A helicopter survey is required to properly evaluate them and determine if there are other conductors associated with the Pingo norite.

It has retained the services of Condor Consulting Inc., recognized experts in the field of airborne electromagnetics, to provide QA/QC and advanced interpretation services for the company’s SkyTEM helicopter EM and magnetic survey at its 100% owned Maniitsoq project in southwestern Greenland. The survey is scheduled to commence at the end of this week and is being performed by SkyTEM Surveys ApS.  SkyTEM is a Danish company with experience in Greenland and expertise in the execution and interpretation of helicopter TEM and magnetic surveys.

Discovery with deep-looking EM survey

Posted by on Monday, 5 September, 2011

North American Nickel Inc.  announces the discovery of a second mineralized quartz diorite offset dyke within the Whistle Offset Structure on its North Range Post Creek property in Sudbury, Ontario.

Based on the results of Abitibi Geophysics deep-looking EM surveys, it is now recognized that the new Offset dyke, CJ#2, also has a coincident electro-magnetic anomaly and the source of this anomaly is estimated to be within 55 metres of surface. The geophysical interpretation by Abitibi Geophysics is that the EM anomaly can be attributed to “massive to semi-massive sulphide mineralization”.

President and C.O.O. Mark Fedikow states, “Continued exploration by our ground team in the immediate vicinity of our newly discovered CJ#1 offset dyke at Post Creek, has resulted in the discovery of a second Offset dyke. It occurs approximately 135 metres east of the initial CJ#1 Offset, announced in June. Prospecting and mechanical excavators have exposed additional outcrop along the trend of this new dyke which provides additional exposure to assist in the definition of drill targets for our planned September program. The new offset dyke, also discovered by NAN prospector Mr. Cecil Johnson, is now called the CJ#2 Offset.”

Post Creek Whistle Offset Quartz Diorite Dyke-New Discovery, CJ#2

The CJ#2 and the CJ#1 Offset dykes are located approximately 2.8 km north of the currently producing Quadra-FNX Podolsky copper-nickel-PGE Mine and are along the projection of the Whistle Offset structure. Significant copper-nickel-PGM ore bodies in the Sudbury mining camp are associated with Offset dykes such as those discovered on the Post Creek property.

A small outcrop with textures and mineralogy diagnostic of offset dyke material was exposed beneath the roots of an overturned tree and observed by NAN prospector Cecil Johnson during ongoing Beep Mat magnetometer and general prospecting activities. Subsequent mechanical stripping and power washing has now exposed 100 m of the east-west trending CJ#2 offset dyke.

The association between CJ#1 and CJ#2 dykes is unknown at this time. It is conceivable that these two dykes are portions of a much larger and extensive offset dyke. Both the CJ#1 and CJ#2 dykes have similar textures and lithologic associations and both are mineralized with disseminated pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite (Figure 2).

Preliminary Geologic Interpretation of CJ#1 and CJ#2

Current interpretation of the CJ#1 and CJ#2 dykes by NAN field staff, based on recently acquired geologic information; suggest the discoveries may represent the keel of an offset dyke or the footwall expression of an embayment structure. Both dykes can be described as pods of quartz diorite associated with a broad corridor of partial melt material developed during the formation of the Sudbury Intrusive Complex (“SIC”). The localization of mineralization at, or near, constrictions in the dykes and/or abrupt changes in direction will be assessed in the near future with a drill program. It is planned for September and will assess the CJ#1 and CJ#2 Offset dyke-associated shallow EM anomalies, including the seven InfiniTEM targets defined on the Post Creek property.

Geophysical prospecting in Southwest Greenland

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

North American Nickel Inc. (“NAN”) announces that it has commenced a field campaign to evaluate prospective areas within its 4,841 km2 exclusive mineral exploration licence. Electromagnetic anomalies, identified from a recent re-interpretation of a 1995 GeoTEM fixed wing survey, along with other areas of interest derived from compilation of previous work and satellite imagery will be ground checked in order to prioritize areas for helicopter borne time domain electromagnetic (TEM) surveying planned for September and October.

NAN plans to integrate the results from the field program with its existing database of historical work to optimize the upcoming helicopter borne TEM survey. The helicopter TEM system has much higher signal to noise ratios than the 1995 fixed wing survey and the helicopter can better maintain the required altitude above the ground to maximize the detection of geophysical signals from nickel-copper sulphide mineralization.

North American Nickel also controls a 4,841 square km Mineral Exploration Licence in southwest Greenland with exclusive mineral exploration rights. The principal target is high-grade nickel-copper occurrences associated with norite and other mafic and ultramafic intrusions.

Yukon: the successful PGM project

Posted by on Friday, 15 July, 2011

Yukon Wellgreen project promises to be one of the largest Platinum Group Metals projects in Canada.

Geotech Helicopter-borne Versatile Time Domain Electromagnetic (VTEM) and magnetic survey flown in 2007  provided a window to bedrock geology through overburden covered areas of the property while outlining several new areas of exploration interest. A Fugro helicopter-borne Mag and EM survey conducted in 2008 demonstrated that the magnetic signature of the peridotite extends approximately 6 km on Prophecy Platinum’s ground.

Prophecy Platinum Corp.  announces the receipt of an independent National Instrument (NI) 43-101 compliant report and mineral resource estimate for its Wellgreen PGE-Ni-Cu property located in the Yukon Territory, Canada.  The independent study incorporated drill data from 701 diamond drill holes (182 surface and 519 underground) totalling over 53,222 metres. Using a 0.4% NiEq (nickel equivalent) cut-off grade, the Wellgreen deposit now contains a total inferred resource of 289.2 million tonnes at an average grade of 0.53 g/t platinum, 0.42 g/t palladium, 0.23 g/t gold (1.18g/t PGM+Gold), 0.38% nickel, and 0.35% copper. Separately, the deposit also contains an indicated resource of 14.3 million tonnes at an average grade of 0.99 g/t platinum, 0.74 g/t palladium, 0.52 g/t gold (2.25 g/t PGM+Gold), 0.69% nickel, and 0.69% copper. The resource includes both the East Zone and the West Zone of the Wellgreen project.

Widespread nickel-copper-PGE mineralization on the property is related to a swarm of Triassic aged mafic-ultramafic sills that extend over a lateral distance of 4.5 km and a stratigraphic interval of at least 1.5 km. The sills are preferentially emplaced along the contact between Pennsylvanian to Permian Station Creek Formation volcanic rocks and Early Permian Hasen Creek Formation sedimentary rocks. The sills are thickest along a northerly trending ridge that bisects the central part of the property and this area may be near the intrusive centre.

Best grades of mineralization occur in the west part of the property where relatively thin but laterally extensive sills that are elsewhere dominated by peridotite give way to a greater proportion of gabbro. Mineralization consists of disseminated sulphides in gabbro, which to date have received little attention, and banded to massive sulphide mineralization along the sheared contact between gabbro and country rock. The banded to massive sulphides are enriched in the rare PGEs rhodium, osmium, iridium and ruthenium.

THE NEW NI-CU-PGE ZONE in Quebec after Mag-EM heliborne survey

Posted by on Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Midland Exploration Inc. announces the discovery of a new mineralized zone with nickel, copper and platinum group elements (« PGE »), intersected at the end of the drilling program recently completed on its Laflamme Property.

Hole LA-11-08, drilled in the northeast part of the property to test a combined magnetic and electromagnetic (VTEM) anomaly, intersected an ultramafic rock sequence about 200 metres thick, which hosted a mineralized interval from 90.6 to 98.6 metres, grading 0.66% Ni, 0.35% Cu, 0.17 g/t Pt, 0.16 g/t Pd, 0.11 g/t Au and 1.4 g/t Ag over 8.0 metres. This zone includes a higher-grade interval, at 1.55% Ni, 0.53% Cu, 0.26 g/t Pt, 0.28 g/t Pd, 0.13 g/t Au and 1.9 g/t Ag over 1.6 metres from 91.1 to 92.7 metres. Disseminated, net-textured and locally semi-massive styles of mineralization are observed. This new zone was intersected at shallow depth, i.e. at about 60 metres vertical depth, and remains wide open in all directions. In addition, helicopter-borne magnetic and electromagnetic (VTEM) anomalies associated with the discovery extend over several kilometres and thus represent an extensive prospective area that remains completely untested.

In light of these very encouraging results, Midland and North American Palladium intend to begin an aggressive exploration campaign shortly, which will include a Pulse EM survey in hole LA-11-08, ground-based geophysical surveys, and additional drilling to assess the new discovery and to test the remaining targets across the property.

This extensive land position is strategically located between the Sleeping Giant gold mine, which has produced more than 960,000 ounces of gold to date (Source: IAMGOLD website), and the Comtois high grade gold deposit held by Maudore, where uncut inferred resources are estimated at 524,000 ounces of gold in the Osbourne and Bell zones (Source: May 2002 NI-43-101 compliant technical report by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.).

The bedrock in the area is dominated by porphyritic, pillowed and locally magnetic basalts, cut by diorite intrusions, felsic porphyry intrusions, and a swarm of NE-trending diabase dykes. This sequence is bounded to the north by the Marest granodioritic pluton. Several major structures trending EW to ENE-WSW occur in the south part of the property.

Deep-Looking Ground Geophysical Survey on Sudbury Basin

Posted by on Saturday, 4 June, 2011

North American Nickel Inc. announces the commencement of new ground geophysical surveys at its flagship Sudbury property, Post Creek. The property is located 1.5 km northeast of Quadra-FNX’s producing Podolsky copper-nickel-platinum group element mine and covers the extension of the Whistle Offset Structure, which is the host rock to the Podolsky mine. North American Nickel has focused exploration on this property since acquisition and has recently completed prospecting, geophysical surveys and geochemical sampling programs.

Abitibi Geophysics will undertake an InfiniTEM ground geophysical survey on Post Creek. In preparation for the survey, a 35-km grid has been cut and chained and encapsulates all areas of exploration interest on the property. The survey will take approximately 8 days to complete and results are expected within a month of completion.

The purpose of the survey is to assess the Post Creek property at depths of up to 400 m for conductive targets associated with the Whistle Offset Structure and to compliment the results of shallow-looking geophysical surveys and prospecting activities that the Company has undertaken over the past several months. These deposits are typically very conductive and magnetic in character.

North American Nickel President and C.O.O. Mark Fedikow states, “The InfiniTEM survey is designed to look deeper in key areas of the property that we have identified, but where we are unable to explore using surface based Beep Mat surveys and/or historic geophysics. We have been successful in identifying multiple geological, geophysical and geochemical drill targets near surface and now have the tool to assist us in generating deeper targets at Post Creek.”

The property lies along the extension of the Whistle Offset Dyke Structure which is a major geological control for Ni-Cu-PGM mineralization.

Airborne VTEM geophysical survey results and ground IP and magnetic surveys undertaken by previous operators were obtained from the geophysical contractors in digital formats and these data will form individual “layers” for integration with geological and geochemical datasets.