The Gorman Project (c. 506km2) is located in an emerging lithium district along strike from Frontier Lithium’s (TSXV: FL) tier-one PAK lithium project (41.9Mt @ 1.54% Li20)1, one of North America’s largest and highest grade spodumene resources.
The Gorman Project covers 72 multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~320km2. The emerging ’Electric Avenue’ lithium district, host to the PAK lithium project, contains several lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatites over a total strike length of at least 60km with potential for additional discoveries along strike to the NW and SE. Patriot’s Gorman Project is located ~60 to 65km to the NW of Frontier Lithium’s PAK, Spark and Bolt LCT pegmatites and ~39km from Frontier Lithium’s Pennock Lake LCT pegmatite. Additional LCT and rare metals pegmatites, recently identified by Midex Resources occur within 2.5 to 23km of PAT’s Gorman Project.
The Gorman Project covers a ~45km long segment of the Favourable Lake greenstone belt, which forms part of the Sachigo Terrane, Archean Superior Craton. The terrane is bound by the Bearhead Lake fault zone, a regional-scale structure that is interpreted as a first-order control on the emplacement of LCT pegmatites and their parental granitic intrusions.
The Project captures several mapped pegmatitic granite occurrences, including a potentially fertile, peraluminous, coarse grained to pegmatitic two-mica granite, which is similar in nature to and along strike from the Pakeagama Lake granite that hosts Frontier Lithium’s PAK deposit. Fertile granites are interpreted to be the parental rocks that give rise to LCT pegmatites.
The Forester Project covers 36 multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~145km2. The Project is situated ~17km SE of Newmont Corporation’s (NYSE:NEM) Musselwhite gold mine where diamond core drilling completed in the year 2000 identified a columbite-tantalite and spodumene-bearing pegmatite swarm within an area of at least 6km by 4km, demonstrating the hard rock lithium potential of the broader district (Taylor and Henham, 2001).
The Forester Project covers a ~20km-long segment of the North Caribou greenstone belt, which forms part of the North Caribou Terrane, Archean Superior Craton. The terrane is bound by the Akow Lake fault zone, a regional-scale structure that may have played an important first-order control on the emplacement of LCT pegmatites and their parental granitic intrusions.
The Birkett Project, which comprises of six (6) mining claims for a total area of ~25km2, is located immediately west of the Allison Lake Batholith and a series of pegmatite swarms, known as the Allison Lake and Jubilee Lake pegmatite fields, which occur along the western margin of the batholith.
The Birkett Project covers a ~9km long segment of the Birch-Uchi greenstone belt, which forms part of the Uchi Terrane, Archean Superior Craton and is between ~1.2 to 7km from the western margin of the multiphase Allison Lake Batholith.
The Pak East Project covers eight (8) multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~34km2. The Project is situated ~33km E of Frontier Lithium’s PAK deposit.
The Pak East Project covers a 9km long segment of the North Spirit Lake greenstone belt, which forms part of the Sachigo Terrane, Archean Superior Craton. The greenstone belt is dissected by the North Spirit Lake fault zone, interpreted by PAT as a splay fault off the regional-scale Bearhead fault zone, an important first-order control on the emplacement of the nearby PAK and Spark LCT pegmatites and their parental granitic intrusions. The geology of the Pak East Project is dominated by mafic-ultramafic and felsic volcanic rocks, preferred host rocks in many Archean LCT pegmatite systems. These greenstone successions are juxtaposed against basement granites. Previous mapping located numerous pegmatites, identified as simple quartz-feldspar pegmatites and more complex muscovite-tourmaline pegmatites.
The Dryden Project covers 38 multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~161km2. The Project encircles the city of Dryden and community of Vermillion Bay, which lie along the Trans-Canada Highway midway between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The southeastern claim blocks of the Dryden Projects are only 2.5km S and 3.9km NW of Critical Resources’ (ASX:CRR) Mavis Lake lithium project, which comprises over 20 LCT pegmatites.
The Dryden Project, which straddles the boundary between the Winnipeg River and Western Wabigoon terranes, Archean Superior Craton, is centred upon the peraluminous, two-mica Ghost Lake Batholith and its smaller satellites. The pegmatites within the Mavis Lake pegmatite field are genetically related to the Ghost Lake Batholith. Previous mapping located several pegmatites within PAT’s Dryden Project area identified as muscovite and muscovite-biotite pegmatites.
The Bull Project covers 31 multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~142km2. The Project is situated 165km WNW of Thunder Bay, the most populous municipality in NW Ontario, and 8km N of the Trans-Canada Highway. The Niobe-Nym Lakes LCT pegmatites (Gilbert Lake, Nickleby Lake and Aramis Lake) are located ~30km to the W.
Geologically, the Bull Project sits along the Quetico fault zone, a major suture zone that separates the Quetico and Marmion terranes. The northern part of the Project area covers a ~22km long section of the Lac des Mille Lacs greenstone belt, mainly composed of mafic to intermediate metavolcanic and minor ultramafic rocks. The southern part, to the south of the Quetico fault zone, covers mainly metasedimentary rocks as well as a potentially fertile two-mica granite. Numerous granite pegmatites and pegmatitic granites have been mapped within the Bull Project, providing excellent early guidance to prospective areas within this large tenement area.
The Sydney Project covers 70 multi-cell mining claims for a total area of ~342km2. The Project is located ~43 km NE of the operating, globally significant Tanco lithium, caesium, and tantalum mine in neighbouring Manitoba. The mine has been in commercial operation for over 50 years.
The Sydney Project lies along the Sydney Lake fault zone, a regional-scale structure that separates the Uchi Terrane in the N from the English River Terrane in the S. The recently staked Sydney claims and broader area comprise numerous mapped pegmatites and pegmatitic two-mica granite, which are known to be fertile as little as 35km to the S, the locality of the Separation Rapids LCT swarm and deposit.