Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan

Current Reports

As of the current date, there are no official technical or mineral reports available for the Eastside Project. Appia is committed to maintaining up-to-date and comprehensive documentation for all its projects, adhering to industry standards. This dedication to transparency ensures that stakeholders and interested parties will have access to accurate and relevant information. Appia remains steadfast in providing thorough insights into its projects, fostering trust and transparency within the exploration and mining community.

Current Work

In 2020, our geological field reconnaissance efforts were instrumental in advancing our understanding of various project sites. This crucial phase involved skilled geologists conducting on-the-ground observations, mapping geological formations, and collecting rock and soil samples for analysis. Through comprehensive visual inspections, we identified potential mineralization indicators and structural features. Our team employed state-of-the-art technology and techniques to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of data collection, ensuring a thorough assessment of the geological setting. This hands-on approach allowed us to lay the groundwork for subsequent exploration phases, emphasizing our commitment to responsible resource development.

Historical Reports

As of now, there are no official technical or mineral reports accessible for the Eastside project.

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Historic Exploration

Historic exploration for uranium in the Eastside property area has occurred over two separate timeframes; from 1969 to 1970 and 1975 to 1980.
Assessment Report
Work Summary
Francana Oil & Gas Ltd.
1969 to 1970
Airborne radio metrics, magnetics and VLF-EM Photo geological and structural interpretations Ground EM, geological mapping, prospecting and sampling
Assessment Report
Work Summary
Geological Survey of Canada
Regional airborne radiometrics
Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation
Regional airborne radiometrics, magnetics and VLF-EM Ground scintillometry and boulder sampling
Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation
Ground scintillometry, outcrop mapping and sampling, boulder/till sampling, lake sediment sampling
Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation
Ground sctintillometry, outcrop mapping and sampling, boulder/till sampling
Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation
Wacker overburden drilling
Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation
Outcrop mapping and sampling, boulder prospecting, till sampling

Geology & Mineralization

Rich Geology in the Archean Peter Lake Domain

Appia’s property is nestled within the Archean-aged Peter Lake Domain, a region well-known for its abundant reserves of platinum group elements (PGE), gold, and copper mineralization. The Domain also hosts various surface uranium and REE occurrences, adding to its geology.

Diverse Rock Types

The property hosts a vast array of rock types, revealing a geological timeline from the most recent to the oldest. This spectrum includes the Paleoproterozoic intrusive Wathaman Batholith’s granitic rocks, neoArchean gabbroic, dioritic, and ultramafic rocks (with a prevalence of hornblende-rich varieties), and Archean granodioritic to tonalitic migmatitic gneiss intermingled with a range of granitoid rocks and gneisses. Notably, pegmatite partial melts are a common feature across all these rock types.

Parallels with High-Grade Uranium Mineralized zones

The presence of very mafic-rich  rock units in the region draws parallels with some of the Athabasca Basin’s high-grade uranium mineralization. These include notable mineralized zones  like Fission’s Triple R and NexGen’s Arrow. Notably, Kivalliq’s Lac 50 uranium deposit in Nunavut finds its entire host within metamorphosed basalts, emphasizing the significance of mafic-rich rock types in uranium mineralization.

Strategically Positioned

The property’s boundary is situated approximately 85 kilometres east of the present-day Athabasca Basin margin. Here, the uranium deposit model for the Eastside property is predominantly near-surface, characterized by pegmatite-hosted high-grade uranium mineralization (i.e., basement-hosted), often accompanied by structural controls. Unlike some other uranium deposit models, the presence of Athabasca Basin cover is not necessary, further enhancing the prospect for our project.

Radiometric Surveys Reveal Hidden Riches

The utilization of airborne radiometric surveys unveiled information, leading to the discovery of radioactive boulders, till, and outcrop within the property’s expanse. This revelation marked the inception of our exploration journey.

Prospecting Unveils Uranium Wealth

The ground prospecting sampling of boulders and outcrops were instrumental in deciphering the extent of uranium abundance. The samples returned values spanning from 2 to 7,575 ppm uranium, culminating in an average grade of 360 ppm uranium. A notable highlight includes twelve samples that exceeded the 1,000 ppm uranium threshold, underlining the presence of this sought-after commodity.

Rich Outcrop Discoveries

Along a geological strike length spanning 1.7 kilometres, three outcrop samples yielded notable results, with uranium values of 2,538 ppm, 6,650 ppm, and an impressive 7,575 ppm. These findings provided a glimpse into the geology concealed beneath the Earth’s surface at Appia’s Eastside location.

Hornblende-Bearing Pegmatites

Particularly noteworthy are the boulders originating from hornblende-bearing pegmatites within hornblende-rich felsic gneisses. These geological characteristics are pivotal in our understanding of the uranium occurrences and offer essential insights for our ongoing exploration endeavors.

Significant Anomalous Boulders Lead the Way

The study of boulders of similar lithological origin to the outcrops, and located down-ice, showed the presence of uranium. Several boulders recorded uranium values exceeding the 1,000 ppm threshold.

Exploration Techniques