Finally, the 2012 drilling results show that the easternmost portion of the tested area (holes 10885-77 to 10885-12-83; 10885-11-55, 11-56 and 11-60) is characterized by the absence or by very thin (less than 5 m thick) massive magnetitite horizons with the mineralization mostly contained in the lower magnetite-veins breccia zone. These observations show that REE mineralization is not only limited to the magnetitite horizons creating new mineral potential to sectors of the Kwyjibo property with low magnetic signatures.
Methodology and QA/QC
The drilling program started August 22nd and ended October 3rd, 2012. The drilling was performed by Orbit-Garant of Val-d'Or under the supervision of SOQUEM. The drill mobilization and demobilization from Sept-Iles to the Property, and the moves between holes were done by helicopters (single-engine AS-305 B2 of Eurocopter) operated by Heli-Boreal of Sept-Iles. About 30 holes were planned and the location and length of four holes were changed during the course of the program in order to pursue the continuity of the mineralized zone between holes. The DDH core boxes were carried to the camp by helicopter for core logging and sampling. After being logged and sampled, the core boxes were loaded onto a float plane, operated by Labrador Air Safari, to Sept-Iles or carried by helicopter to a gravel pit located along highway 138, and then trucked to Heli-Boreal air base in Sept-Iles. From there, the core boxes were sent by a carrier to SOQUEM's core storage facilities.
A total of 1,531 samples, consisting of 1,453 half NQ drill cores from 29 drill holes (hole 10885-12-81 was not sampled), 23 duplicates, 27 samples of our internal standard and 28 blank samples were sent to ALS Minerals (in Val-d'Or and Vancouver; a certified laboratory; ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for standards) for analysis for all rare earth elements, most traces and major elements. For core samples, the core was sawed for the magnetitite or split, for the breccia zones, in two halves and then placed into a plastic bag. A numbered tag from the ALS laboratory was inserted into the bag prior to the sealing of the bag with a tie-wrap. The sample bags were loaded onto a float plane to Sept-Iles and sent by a carrier to ALS Minerals ("ALS") in Val-d'Or.
Except for two holes, one standard sample and one or two blank samples were introduced in each hole according to the number of samples analyzed. Except for seven (7) holes, a duplicate sample was analyzed for each hole. The standard sample is an internal standard from Josette showing. In order to be valid, the blank sample (a quartzite with SiO2 of approx. 96 %) had only trace amount of REE (less than 60 ppm).
Rare earths and trace elements were analyzed using lithium borate fusion of the sample prior to acid dissolution and analyze by ICP-MS (Induced-Couples Plasma Mass Spectrometry). This method is best suitable for minerals resistant to acids digestion, like some REE-bearing silicates. For REE high grades samples, a re-analysis of the pulp was performed using high sample to volume ratios in addition to Class A volumetric glassware. ALS laboratory used certified high grade rare earth reference materials as part of the standard protocol.
Major elements were analyzed using a lithium borate fusion of the sample prior to acid dissolution and analyzed by ICP-AES (Induced-Couples Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry). REE, traces and major elements, fluorite, sulphur and carbon were analyzed at ALS laboratory in Vancouver.
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