The Garland nickel-cobalt-PGM project is located approximately 30km south east of the Vale's Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador Canada. Newfoundland/ Labrador has a pro mining government and a transparent regulatory system. The Garland area is characterized by moderate topographic relief, and a sub-arctic coastal climate with warm summers and cold winters.
The project was acquired after a systematic review of historic exploration data generated since the original staking rush of 1994. This review shows the Garland Property to be within a geological setting with strikingly similar features when compared to the Voisey’s Bay Mine area. This interpretation was realized as far back as 1994, but the exploration concept has not been fully tested.
The Property was explored by numerous companies between 1995 and 1999. Exploration methods focused on the use of frequency-domain airborne Electro-Magnetic (“EM”) surveys which have very shallow depth penetration capabilities, on the order of 75 metres for the detection of good quality conductors. Further, reconnaissance rock sampling and mapping covered only a fraction of the Property.
Recently, in the 2000 to 2007 era, parts of the property and areas to the west were explored by Vale Canada Limited (and its predecessors). Exploration methods included a regional Airborne Gravity Gradiometer (“AGG”) survey, with follow-up Induced Polarity (“IP”) ground-EM surveys, and ground reconnaissance sampling. This exploration resulted in the identification of several localized targets, but only one drill-hole is reported for the Property.