Big Smoky Valley, Nevada
- In the 1970’s USGS conducted a gravity survey covering the Clayton Valley and the Big Smoky Valley, where the Moab claims are located.
- Anomalous concentrations of lithium in the Big Smoky Valley were reported in a 1976 USGS Report by Bohannan & Meier (Open-File 76-567). Analysis of a 75cm auger hole produced a high of 120ppm Li and an average grade of 94ppm Li. In that same survey, a mud sample containing quartz, clinoptilolite and feldspar gave a high of 74ppm Li and an average grade of 58ppm. The precise location of these samples is not known.
- In 1982, Pantea and Asher-Bolinder noted anomalous lithium values in water samples (Open-File 82-415).
- The USGS completed two drill holes in the Big Smoky Valley, BS-13, collared in the northeast and BS-14 in the southwest of a large playa depression, which is concurrent with a low gravity response, to evaluate the lithium resource potential of the basins adjacent to Clayton Valley.
- Drill hole BS-13, which is located approximately 2.4km west of the Moab Project, encountered lithium values which were both anomalous and consistent. Hole BS13 was terminated to 675 feet, Lithium in sediments ranged from 48-365ppm averaging 160ppm, lithium in water ranged from 100-1,700ppb.
- Hole BS14 was terminated at 215 feet. Lithium in sediments ranged from 40-287ppm, averaging 150ppm, lithium in water ranged from 820-1300ppb.
COMPARISON TO PURE ENERGY CLAYTON VALLEY SOUTH PROJECT (CVSP)
1. The Moab Project covers 3200 acres of a gravity low anomaly. More ground in the area is available. The CVSP project covers 8004 acres of a gravity low anomaly.
2. Drilling in the Moab basin encountered excellent Lithium Carbonate values. The cut-off for the CVSP resource estimate is only 20ppm, much lower than the grades encountered in BS-13 and BS-14 (see above).