Canada's Next Primary Cobalt Producer
Mineralization & GeologyThe Werner Lake Geologic Belt is part of the Archean English River Subprovince of the Superior Geological Province in Ontario. The area is underlain by metasedimentary migmatites intruded by syn- to late-tectonic felsic intrusive rocks. The migmatites are predominantly quartz-feldspar-biotite gneiss and lesser ultramafic and mafic igneous rocks and mafic amphibolite gneiss (Beakhouse, G.P., 1997). Figure 3 shows the general geology and distribution of sulphide occurrences, alteration and faults. The belt is defined by a deep-seated fault that is believed to have ruptured the Superior Province. The fault zone is up to 500 metres wide and dips near verticaly. The entire area of the fault has ben termed the "Cu-Ni-PGE zone" by J.R. Parker of the Ontario Geological Survey.
At Werner Lake, the fault zone is marked at surface by a prominent 25 to 50 metre wide U-shaped valley. To the west it disappears under Reynar Lake, and at the Manitoba border, it is covered by overburden and Oiseau (Bird) Lake. The Bird River ultramafic sill in Manitoba, up to 500 metres wide, follows the strike continuity of the deep-seated fault. The fault zone to the east furcates into a number of smaller, discontinuous faults in the vicinity of the eastern end of Rex Lake. Parker has interpreted the erosional level of the belt to vary from one end to the other, preserving the top of the system in the west in the Oiseau (Bird) River area of Manitoba and being near the bottom of the system of the fault zone in the east in the Rex Lake area, east of Werner Lake. High grade, amphibolite to granulite facies, metamorphism affects the Ontario portion of the Werner Lake belt.
There are five mineralized zones with historic mineral resources on the property: these are the Norpax deposit, West Cobalt deposit, the Werner Lake Minesite Cobalt deposit, the Eastern Shallows Cobalt deposit, and the Big Zone deposit. The Norpax deposit is located approximately seven kilometres east of the Manitoba border and lies under a lake paralleling and some 70-150m north of the road. The lake has variously been named Tigar and Almo. In addition to the main deposit other drilled smaller zones are reported up to 500m east and 1000m west. The western trend of mineralisation merges with that of the Big Zone. The Norpax zone is entirely under the lake immediately west of a prominent cross fault reflected by the arms of the lake.
- Proven reserves total 140,031 tonnes of 0.47% cobalt, 0.26% copper and 0.008 oz/t gold.*
- Probable reserves total 40,829 tonnes of 0.25% cobalt, 0.43% copper and 0.030 oz/t gold.*
- Indicated resources total 51,456 tonnes of 0.13% cobalt, 0.20% copper and 0.003 oz/t gold.*
- Inferred resources total 869,378 tonnes of 0.29% cobalt, 0.28% copper and 0.011 oz/t gold.*
The Eastern Shallows deposit contains total indicated resources of 63,517 tonnes with 0.29% cobalt and 0.63% copper.*
The Big Zone deposit contains total indicated resources of 172,396 tons with 0.26% copper, 0.62%nickel, 0.02% cobalt, 0.009 oz/t platinum and 0.030 oz/t palladium.*
* "The reader is cautioned that data included in this presentation concerning the Werner Lake property may pre-date National Instrument 43-101 or is otherwise not compliant with National Instrument 43-101. Such data is marked as being non-compliant, and a qualified person has not verified such data. As a result, the reader is cautioned not to rely upon that data."
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