In January 2009, Pele Mountain announced the staking of more than 1,000 mining claim units totaling approximately 18,750 hectares in the Pigeon River area of Northwest Ontario, about 80 kilometres west of Thunder Bay. The 100-percent owned property covers very large unexplored magnetic targets with potential to host nickel (“Ni”), copper (“Cu”), and platinum group elements (“PGE”) mineralization.
The property lies in the Proterozoic Superior Mid Continent Rift, a geological setting with proven potential to host mafic-ultramafic igneous systems associated with the rifting of the Archean cratons. Pele’s exploration target at Pigeon River is a massive sulphide deposit similar to recently discovered magmatic sulphide deposits hosted in an ultramafic body or conduit, such as Kennecott`s Ni/Cu/PGE deposits at Eagle (in Michigan) and Tamarac (in Minnesota) and Magma Metals’ PGE deposit northeast of Thunder Bay.
Pele Mountain Resources Inc
. March 5, 2010 announced the completion of a 1,015 line-kilometre Versatile Time-Domain ElectroMagnetic (“VTEM”)
airborne survey over its Pigeon River property in the Thunder Bay area of Northern Ontario. Pele has staked more than 500 additional mining claim units since introducing the project in January and its total land package now exceeds 24,000 hectares (240 km2). Pele President and CEO Al Shefsky stated, “Our property is ideally situated in the Mid Continent Rift, near the basal contact of the Duluth Complex. The survey shows magnetic and conductive trends with similarities to known Ni/Cu/PGE deposits in similar geological settings. We are particularly encouraged by the correlation of conductivity with a known, anomalous, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) Ni/Cu lake sediment sample. These results have increased our confidence in the potential of the Pigeon River property and we will prioritize exploration in this area in the months ahead.”
survey was flown over the Pigeon River East Block by Geotech Ltd.
of Aurora, Ontario. The survey has defined linear magnetic features with the potential for mafic/ultramafic conduit systems and feeder dykes into larger mafic/ultramafic intrusions. Preliminary analysis by the geophysical contractor indicates the presence of a number of, possible sulphide-related conductors, coincident with conduit-type magnetic features and other, larger, conductive anomalies with similarities to known mineralized layered mafic/ultramafic complexes. Conductive zones, possibly sulphide-related, are also found in the vicinity of a GSC lake sediment anomaly which gave anomalous values of 234 parts per million (ppm) Ni and 298 ppm Cu.
Geotech has identified several high-priority, drill-ready, targets from the survey. Other priority targets require further definition through prospecting and follow-up geophysical surveys, which are planned after spring breakup. The targets are generally till or swamp covered and no previous prospecting, mapping, or geophysical surveys, other than an airborne magnetic survey flown by the GSC in 1964, are known.