Separation rapids project
The 432-hectare Separation Rapids Specialty Minerals Project is located 58 km north of Kenora, Ontario in the highly prospective English River greenstone belt, which hosts lithium, tantalum and cesium mineralization. The Property is situated immediately adjacent to the east of Avalon Rare Metals Inc.’s Big Whopper property, one of the largest rare metal pegmatite deposits in the world.
During July 2009, the Company undertook a field program at the property that included prospecting, line cutting, local geological mapping of newly-found outcrops, and the collection of 173 soil samples, 28 grab samples and 10 channel samples. The program identified a 50m to 100m wide zone with multiple, east-west trending, sub-parallel pegmatite sill-like bodies that range in width from a few centimetres to more than 5 metres.
The soil sampling program utilized Soil Gas Hydrocarbon (SGH) Geochemistry that was analyzed by Activation Laboratories (Actlabs) of Ancaster, Ontario. SGH is a deep penetrating geochemistry that allows for analysis from various types of media. Actlabs’ SGH analysis identified a strong Level 5 lithium anomaly below a beat bog approximately 100m east of, and along strike of, the most eastern exposures of the zone of pegmatites.
The demand for lithium is growing strongly due to the use of lithium carbonate in battery-powered vehicles and other electrical storage devices. The highest and best use for the lithium mineral at Separation Rapids may likely be as a raw material for the glass industry where it would reduce energy requirements and carbon emissions. The demand for tantalum, the high-tech metal, is growing steadily for use in the manufacture of capacitors that regulate the flow of electricity in cellular phones, pagers, computers and other electrical appliances. Other applications range from artificial hips to super-alloys for the aeronautics industry to corrosion resistant equipment for the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.