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Exploring for specialty metals in Greenland

In 2010, Ram Resources Ltd. commissioned SRK Exploration Services to assist with the review and acquisition of the Motzfeldt tantalum-niobium (Ta-Nb) project in South Greenland.

SRK ES undertook an in-depth assessment and due diligence on the data available for this project, which was thought to be one of the world’s largest occurrences of Ta-Nb hosted in altered syenites. Motzfeldt forms part of the Gardar Alkaline Province, located in a remote and mountainous sub-Arctic area with access possible only by helicopter.

In 2010, SRK ES mobilised an Arctic-experienced team to carry out a drilling, trenching and sampling program that highlighted the limited nature of earlier exploration, as well as considerably expanding known mineralisation, and identifying significant rare earth element (REE) mineralisation that had previously been overlooked. Further exploration programs were completed in 2011, along with intensive, helicopter-based, regional geological and geophysical exploration. The area was covered by a new 568km2 licence that was applied for following review of historical data.

This project guided the identification of four new areas of Ta-Nb-REE mineralisation in a range of geological settings.

In cooperation with a range of laboratories, SRK ES also designed specific sampling, assaying and quality control procedures to best assess what are very complex elements and matrix styles, in a most time-effective manner.

Working alongside SRK ES, SRK Consulting (UK) will soon start work on the first Inferred Resource for the project. Further drilling is planned for 2012 to expand this resource and to further investigate the new regional exploration targets identified in 2011.

Ram Resources is a small company with limited in-house geological expertise. By working with SRK ES, they have benefitted from the services of an experienced and multi-disciplinary team that has enhanced their understanding of this unique but challenging geological region.

Jon Russill:

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