HIGHLIGHTS AND CURRENT EXPLORATION
- 4003 sq. km. land package in the Central Mineral Belt with IOCG-Olympic Dam and Rossing-style Uranium deposit targets
- Properties contain favourable geological structures, intrusive bodies and extensions to known deposits and prospects
- Extensive anomalies for uranium from regional lake sediment survey and data compilation of historic boulder, outcrop and drill core sampling
Work in Progress
Bayswater has a 2006/2007 exploration program is budgeted at C$5.7 million for the Central Labrador Uranium Project. The first stage of the program commenced in late June 2006 to identify uranium anomalies using a Fugro airborne radiometric and magnetic survey totaling nearly 40,000 line km, followed by prospecting, mapping and sampling. Soil sampling, ground geophysics and trenching will then be undertaken as required to define drill targets. Drilling of prospective uranium targets is expected to commence in the fall of 2006.
LOCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The Central Mineral Belt district runs for more than 250 km through south-central Labrador, on the eastern edge of Canada. With numerous uranium, copper and rare earth element showings and prospects, the Belt has recently become a hotspot for uranium exploration in Canada. Bayswater has acquired the largest land position in the district, with a 100% interest or rights to a 100% interest in 15,855 mineral claims. This is equivalent to 4003 sq. km. (nearly 1 million acres) of land which is more than three times the position of any other company active in the area.
The project area is located approximately 40 km to 100 km from Postville, a town of approximately 250 people. The vast property is flat-lying and sits at approximately 300m above mean sea level. Access to the project is by fixed wing aircraft or helicopter from Postville. Supplies and heavy equipment is brought to the community by barge from St. John’s, Newfoundland. The community provides the project with housing, supplies, fuel and internet access. In addition, there is a small but able work force whose members have experience in exploration through the various junior companies active in the area, as well as through the Voisey’s Bay Nickel Mine.
EXPLORATION HISTORY AND MINERAL POTENTIAL
The Central Mineral Belt, (CMB) is a belt of volcanic, plutonic and sedimentary rocks hosting a significant number of uranium and base metal occurrences. Exploration for uranium and base metals in the Central Mineral Belt started in 1955 and continued on and off until the late 1970’s. In 1993 the Geological Survey of Canada completed a detailed lake sediment and water sampling survey program that revealed significant uranium, silver, copper and iron anomalies.
Exploration reactivated in earnest in the early 2000’s with the surge in Uranium prices and several companies are now active in the area and making discoveries. The most advanced project is Aurora Energy’s Michelin iron-oxide/copper/gold (IOCG) “Olympic-Dam style” deposit with Measured and Indicated Resource of 22.2 million pounds with an additional Inferred Resource of 13.4 million pounds U3O8 (ref: www.aurora-energy.ca ). This deposit sits approximately five km from Bayswater’s Southeast Claim block and Aurora’s airborne radiometric surveys have shown anomalies which may extend onto Bayswater ground. Further to the south, the Moran Lake deposit being explored by Crosshair contains an Inferred Resource of 124,000 tonnes at a grade of 0.25% U3O8 or approximately 688,000 pounds of U3O8 (ref: www.crosshairexploration.com ). There is a magnetically and radiometrically favourable belt of rocks found on the Moran Lake property which is believed to extend on Bayswater ground for as much as 30 km. This postulated extension is supported by the existence on Bayswater property of favourable major fault structures, rock units, widespread base and precious metal occurrences, uranium occurrences and common anomalous scintillometer counts.
PROPERTY GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS
Bayswater’s large land holdings are divided into four main blocks labeled Northwest, North, Southwest and Southeast. The area of the Northwest Block is underlain by rocks more than 2.5 billion years old, including granite-like rock types and lesser amounts of volcanic rocks. Underlain mainly by slightly younger intrusive rocks, some metamorphosed, the North Block area also has its western boundary straddled by a major shear zone. The Southwest and Southeast Block are underlain by similarly aged rocks as well as an extensive terrain of slightly older granite-like intrusives. In particular, the “Aillik Group” consists of an approximately 5,000 m thick assemblage of metasmorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks, subvolcanic intrusives and dikes. This group of rocks hosts most of the uranium, copper, zinc, lead, and molybdenum occurrences in the region. Uranium bearing horizons and veins are genetically related to the east-northeast trending units, and faults with similar orientation, implying that the faults have acted as conduits for mineralizing solutions along structures.
Regional airborne magnetic survey data indicate that the western part of the Northwest Block is cut by a north-northwest trending magnetic low, whereas the remaining part of the block, as well as the North, Southwest, and Southeast blocks are underlain by rocks with moderate to high magnetic susceptibilities. Bayswater intends to complete a detailed airborne radiometric and magnetic survey over the properties in 2006.
Exploration targets on Bayswater ground are both the large, low grade IOCG-Olympic Dam and granite-hosted Rossing type uranium deposits. A data review for Bayswater’s claims revealed a multitude of indicators for uranium mineralization in both settings, including:
Moran Lake Belt IOCG Target
- Outcrop and boulder samples up 2.38% U3O8. Copper, lead, zinc, gold and silver occurrences and prospects traced for 30 km along strike. Values of up to 1.46% copper in outcrop, 17.87% zinc and 7.4% lead over 0.9 metres in a drill hole, 5.15 g/t gold in outcrop and 0.73 oz/t silver over 1.2 metres in a drill hole have been noted.
Anna Lake Area IOCG Target
- A 1.2 km long boulder train containing over 2000 radioactive granite and gneissic boulders with values up to 3.05% U3O8.
McGrath Lake Area Rossing Target
- Widespread highly anomalous lake samples from with values of up to 2020 ppm (0.202%) uranium in lake sediments and up to 1.79 ppb uranium in lake waters. Part of the southern portion of a 22 km by 42 km oval ring-shaped anomalous pattern associated with the margins of a large intrusive rock body. This body is characterized by a magnetic anomaly with associated anomalous uranium copper, iron, silver and light rare earth elements lake sediment samples.
Northwest Claim Block
- Numerous uranium anomalies in lake sediments and waters, soils, stream sediments and rocks. Additional anomalies exist for copper, nickel, iron, molybdenum and silver.