North American Nickel is a mineral exploration company with 100% owned properties in Maniitsoq, Greenland, Sudbury, Ontario, and the Thompson, Manitoba nickel belt.
The Maniitsoq property in Greenland is district scale project at 4,841 square km. NAN's mineral exploration licence covers numerous high-grade nickel-copper sulphide occurrences associated with norite and other mafic-ultramafic intrusions. The 70km plus long belt is situated along, and near, the southwest coast of Greenland, which is ice free year round.
The Post Creek/Halycon property in Sudbury is strategically located adjacent to the producing Podolsky copper-nickel-platinum group metal deposit of Quadra FNX Mining. The property lies along the extension of the Whistle Offset dyke structure. Such geological structures host major Ni-Cu-PGM deposits and producing mines within the Sudbury Camp.
The Bell Lake property in Sudbury is a 256-acre property that covers approximately one kilometre of the Mystery Offset dyke or MOD. The MOD is interpreted to be an extension of the Worthington Offset dyke which hosts the new Totten Mine of Vale and the exciting Victoria Deep deposit of Quadra FNX.
VMS Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:VMS) owns approx. 45% of NAN.
NORTH AMERICAN NICKEL INC.: SURFACE DEEP TIME DOMAIN ELECTROMAGNETIC AND GRAVITY GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS COMMENCE AT MANIITSOQ (GREENLAND) NICKEL SULPHIDE PROJECT
Crone Geophysics of Mississauga, Ont., has mobilized its crews to the Imiak Hill conduit complex, part of North American Nickel Inc.'s 100-per-cent-owned Maniitsoq nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum-group-metal project in southwestern Greenland. VMS Ventures Inc. owns approximately 23.9 per cent of North American Nickel.
Geophysical surveys under way
The geophysical survey work now under way consists of surface time domain PEM and gravity surveys in the Imiak Hill conduit complex, where significant nickel-copper-cobalt-PGE mineralization has been intersected in drill holes by the company over the past two drill seasons. These intersections include:
- Imiak Hill DDH MQ-13-028: 24.75 metres of near massive to massive sulphide grading 3.19 per cent nickel, 1.14 per cent copper, 0.11 per cent cobalt, including 17.91 metres of 3.80 per cent nickel, 1.42 per cent copper, 0.13 per cent cobalt and 0.01 gram per tonne PGM;
- Imiak North DDH MQ-13-029: 55.75 metres of disseminated to near massive and massive sulphide grading 1.28 per cent nickel, 0.36 per cent copper, 0.04 per cent cobalt, and 0.03 gram per tonne PGM, including 9.99 metres of 4.65 per cent nickel, 0.33 per cent copper, 0.13 per cent cobalt and 0.08 gram per tonne PGM;
- Spotty Hill DDH MQ-12-005: 123.94 metres of disseminated, net-texture, to near massive and massive sulphide grading 0.81 per cent nickel, 0.21 per cent copper, 0.03 per cent cobalt and 0.26 gram per tonne platinum plus palladium plus gold, including 24.20 metres at 1.75 per cent nickel, 0.34 per cent copper, 0.06 per cent cobalt and 0.52 gram per tonne platinum plus palladium plus gold.
Geological team meeting April 8 to 10, 2014, in Winnipeg
As preparation for the 2014 field and drill program all norite-hosted nickel sulphide mineralized drill targets were reviewed by the North American Nickel geological team and four invited geoscientists familiar with nickel sulphide deposits and advanced methods of interpretation of geophysical responses to nickel sulphide mineralization. The review was undertaken at a meeting convened in Winnipeg by North American Nickel with a view to expanding discovery possibilities and then confirming and prioritizing drill targets for this year's drill program.
President Dr. Mark Fedikow, PGeo, states: "Our deepest hole to date at Imiak Hill in the IHCC intersected high-grade massive sulphide nickel-copper mineralization 185 metres below surface. The new geophysical ground surveys are designed to look below that depth and define the extent and shape of our high-grade mineralized zones providing plunge, strike and dip attitudes for the mineralization. The results from these 2014 ground geophysical surveys coupled with the airborne surveys and drill results from 2012 and 2013 will assist with drill targeting at the IHCC. Our team worked last week with four seasoned and internationally experienced nickel sulphide geoscientists. The agenda included a thorough review of the IHCC and all the regional norite-hosted nickel sulphide targets identified as a priority for the 2014 season. We look forward to including them again along the path to discovery at Maniitsoq."
The PEM survey
The PEM system operates by placing a large loop of insulated wire on the ground through which a precisely controlled changing current induces magnetic responses from conductors hundreds of metres deep in the ground. It can be used to detect and discriminate between a wide range of conductivities from poor (zinc), to excellent (copper and nickel). Due to its unique transmitted current waveform and its receiver's measuring system, Crone has developed a step-response transformation of the data, which extends this range of detection and discrimination into the extremely high conductance that is seen in nickel exploration. This feature has made the Crone PEM system an important part of the exploration efforts in nickel exploration camps around the world, such as the Raglan camp, Voisey's Bay, Sudbury, Alaska, Tanzania, Western Australia and now Greenland.
The gravity survey
In addition to the PEM survey, Crone will carry out a gravity survey with a two-person crew consisting of a gravity operator and a GPS operator with extensive experience in precision gravity surveys. The equipment consists of LaCoste & Romberg model G gravity meters with a reading resolution of 0.01 milligal. The differential GPS (DGPS) system is the Leica -- model 1230 dual frequency, dual constellation (GPS and GLONASS) RTK, rover and base station, with an accuracy of one centimetre plus one part per million in separation from the base station to the rover. The crew has extensive worldwide experience and is capable of reducing the data to Bouguer milligal values nightly in the field. Gravity surveys measure extremely small variations in the Earth's gravitational field, which can be used to locate high-density material such as nickel sulphide-bearing rock.