Athabasca Basin Properties


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Uranium, REEs, Thorium, Molybdenum

100% Appia

30,725 ha.

Loranger is located on the southeastern shores of Wollaston Lake, northern Saskatchewan. Cameco’s Rabbit Lake uranium mill and Eagle Point mine operations are approximately 28 km to the northwest. The southwestern extension of the Loranger property is situated 10 km from all-season Provincial highway 905.

Planned Exploration

January – February 2017: Ground gravity surveys over priority EM-defined target areas

February 2017 – March 2017: Diamond drill hole exploration program

Current Exploration

  • January – February 2017: Appia commissioned MWH Geo-Surveys Ltd. to conduct ground gravity surveying over approximately 45.2 km of the 94.0 km of primary structural corridors identified from the VTEMTM Max Time-Domain EM and magnetic survey.  Results from 13.8 km of the survey over two target areas have been received.  The results have identified gravity lows coincident with i) breaks and/or jogs in previously defined conductive structural corridors and ii) cross-cutting structures.  In particular, a lenticular shaped gravity low identified on Grid 1 shares numerous similarities with NexGen Energy Ltd.’s Arrow uranium deposit (see News Release for February 06, 2017.
  • October 2016: Appia commissioned Geotech Ltd. to fly a helicopter-borne VTEMTM Max Time-Domain EM and magnetic survey over approximately 715 line-km of the property.  The survey identified 94 km of primary structural corridors that share similar geophysical characteristics with a number of Athabasca Basin high-grade uranium deposits.  Final results are posted here (see News Release for December 13, 2016.
  • August 2016: Appia stakes an additional 3 mineral claims (5,970 ha.) contiguous to the SW of Loranger
  • March 2016: Appia stakes 6 mineral claims (24,755 ha.) for the Loranger property

Historic Exploration

Loranger RCV Area

Historic exploration for uranium over the Loranger property has occurred over three separate timeframes; from 1968 to 1969, 1978 to 1979 and 2007. 

Exploration History from 1968 to 1969

Assessment Report Year Work Summary
New Continental Oil Company of Canada Limited/Royal Canadian Ventures Limited (JV)
64E14-0009 1968 to
Airborne radiometrics, EM and magnetics
Geological mapping, ground prospecting and scintillometry
Ground EM and magnetometer surveys over 2 grids
Great Plains Resources Ltd.
74H-0005 1968 Airborne radiometric survey


Exploration History from 1978 to 1979

Assessment Report Year Work Summary
Denison Mines Ltd./Denmontan Resources Limited/SMDC (JV)
64E13-0038 1978 Airborne EM (INPUT) and magnetic survey
64E13-0039 1978 Ground geological, scintillometry, soil gas radon, radion-in-water, sediment and
lake bottom geochemical surveys
  1. Discontinuous radioactive pegmatite bodies are mapped over a strike-length of 1 mile
  2. Elevated soil gas radon anomalies (up to 9x higher than background) show strong correlation with EM conductors
  3. Drill water
Ground EM (VLF and Max-Min) and magnetometer geophysical surveys
  1. EM survey identifies the presences of multiple conductors
64L03-0015 1978 6 DDH (WP-78-01 to WP-78-06) for 649.2 m on RCV Grid No. 2
  1. 0.031 wt% U3O8 over 6.4 m at 24.3 m vertical depth in DDH WP-78-01
  2. Drill water from WP-78-01 returned radon gas in water concentrations of 65,000 Pc/L
64L03-0018 1979 Ground EM (Max-Min) surveys on 11 grids
11 DDH (WP-79-01 to WP-79-11) for 1,389.6 m of which 7 DDH are drilled on RCV Grid No. 2 for a total of 931.5 m
  1. 0.011 wt% U3O8 over 13.1 m at 94.3 m vertical depth in DDH WP-79-06
  2. 0.034 wt% U3O8 over 5.9 m at 59.0 m vertical depth in DDH WP-79-07 includes maximum assays of 0.066 wt% U3O8 over 0.61 m
Marline Oil Corporation
64E-0005 1979 Airborne radiometric and VLF-EM surveys


Exploration History from 2007

Assessment Report Year Work Summary
Great Bear Uranium Corp.
64E14-0027 2007 Airborne aeromagnetic, XDS-VLF-EM and radiometric survey
Loranger RCV Area
  • The property is located within the eastern Wollaston Domain.  The Wollaston Domain is host to over 1 B lbs. of high-grade U3O8
  • Rock types identified on the property include, in geochronological order from youngest to oldest; Hudsonian pegmatite, Proterozoic metasedimentary gneisses (arkosic to psammopelitic to pelitic [+/- graphite] and quartzite), and Archean granitic gneiss.  This basement rock sequence is identical to that of other known high-grade uranium deposits in the Wollaston Domain.
  • The property boundary is approximately 21 km E of the current day Athabasca Basin margin.  Athabasca sandstone cover was important for the formation of economic uranium deposits.  Evidence suggests the property was covered by Athabasca sandstones during time of uranium deposit formation.
  • NE-trending graphitic fault zones and N-S-trending Tabbernor faults are the two primary fault systems on the property.  Many Athabasca high-grade uranium deposits are associated with these structural systems. 


  • Radioactivity and uranium mineralization were identified at surface as discontinuous pegmatites in the RCV Grid No. 2 area. 
  • Sub-surface uranium mineralization and anomalous radioactivity was intersected in 10 out of 13 DDH at RCV Grid No. 2.  See “Historic Exploration” for noteworthy DDH intersections.  The uranium mineralization is hosted in pegmatites and graphitic structures

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