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NGE manages exploration risk by focusing exploration resources in specific, planned stages.  The results of each stage are used to direct the resources on the following stages.  To date, NGE has completed the following exploration stages at Awakening (images from Awakening):

 

Hydrogeochemistry

  • 85 Groundwater Chemistry Samples

NGE has collected 85 groundwater chemistry samples at Awakening and analyzed each for gold and 80 other trace elements using ultra low level mass spectrometry.  NGE extended sample coverage well beyond the edges of the target to define the boundaries of the water chemistry anomaly and to provide information about the normal, background water chemistry in the area.

The results of the detailed groundwater survey have delineated a large area containing highly anomalous concentrations of gold and other trace elements in the groundwater north of the Sleeper Gold Mine.

 

Gravity

  • 600 Gravity Stations (400m Grid)

During April and June 2008, NGE collected 85 km2 (33 mi2) of new high quality gravity geophysics – 600 stations on a 400 by 400 metre (1,300 x 1,300ft) grid, with denser station coverage at the centre of the target.  The survey was designed to delineate depth to metasedimentary and granitic bedrock, potential thickness of preserved rhyolitic volcanic rocks, and the location and orientation of prominent lithologic offsets that might be indicative of major fault zones.

The survey successfully identified significant areas where bedrock is believed to be close to the surface, as well as areas of high relief suggestive of major, block faulting and areas where rhyolitic volcanic rocks might be preserved.

 

Air Magnetics

  • 1,460 Line Kilometres Along 150 Metre Spaced Flight Lines

To complement the gravity data, and to further examine the relative changes in the covered bedrock at Awakening, NGE completed an air magnetic geophysics survey across the project in April and May 2008.  NGE acquired 1,460 line kilometres (900mi) of detailed airborne magnetic data along 150 metre (500ft) spaced flight lines and 600 metre (2,000ft) spaced tie-lines; terrain clearance was approximately 100m (328ft)l; and total coverage was approximately 175 km2 (68 mi2).

The detailed air magnetic survey was designed to be used in conjunction with the gravity data to define magnetically anomalous volcanic lithologies and zones of hydrothermal and/or structural magnetite destruction that might be indicative of major fault zones and possible hydrothermal alteration.  The results show a pronounced geologic fabric suggesting varied rock types, covered fault zones, and possible alteration.

 

Soil Geochemistry

  • 1,830 Samples along 24 Survey Lines

Guided by the detailed groundwater chemistry, gravity, and air magnetic datasets, NGE conducted a soil geochemistry program across the project in April and June 2008.  The survey included 1,830 samples collected every 50m (164ft) along 24 survey lines.

The results identified several areas of anomalous gold and trace metal geochemistry coincident with, and adjacent to gold in groundwater anomalies, further suggesting the presence of nearby gold mineralization.