MT BRADLEY PROJECT
Mt Bradley lies immediately adjacent to the Hastings (aka
Brockman) REE resource being drilled by Hastings Rare Metals
Limited. Hastings has a JORC-compliant resource exceeding
22Mt grading 0.795% ZrO2, 0.31%
Nb2O5, 0.023% Ta2O5 and
heavy REE grades of 0.10% Y2O3, with
potential for significant quantities of heavy REE including
dysprosium and yttrium. Mt Bradley is one of the most advanced REE
resources in Australia, having been the subject of major drilling
and trial plant scale metallurgical testing by Union Oil
Development Corporation during the 1980s. The high Niobium
content of the resource is of particular economic interest.
The REE mineralisation is hosted by tuffaceous rhyolitic
volcaniclastics of the Brockman Volcanics - the 'Niobium Tuff'.
Similar rhyolitic to alkalic intrusives are known to occur within
the Mt Bradley tenement and were highlighted in a recent Geological
Survey of WA assessment. These have received little attention due
to the past focus on gold exploration, and low REE prices.
Mt Bradley Project - view to north