Quiron II Property

Value PropositionAcquired 100% ownership of the Quiron ll lithium property in one of the world’s best location of lithium enrichment and within South American Lithium Triangle.
PropertyThe Quiron ll lithium property cover an area of 2,421 hectares.
LocationWithin Pocitos Salar,Province of Salta, Argentina. The Project is located approximately 7km north of Pure Energy's Terra Cotta Project and 11km northeast of the Liberty One's Pocitos West Property.

According to Hydrogeologist Dr. Garcia (Garcia et al. 2016) The Project Area of Quiron II lies on the intersections of two aquifer systems: Incahuasi River and Salar de Pocitos. The same were detected to intersect underneath within sediments of very low resistivity below the alluvial fan at 65-70 meters depth.

Robl’s descriptions on hydrothermal alternations (Robl et al. 2009) in El Quevar Volcano Complex, the area depict the existence of active and inactive thermal emanations with high values of boron, chloride, lithium and bicarbonate that could drain westwards enriching the Salar trough the Quiron Property.

Initial Interpretation of VES Survey

In late 2017, the Company engaged Conhydro S.R.L. - a hydrogeological consultancy company with significant salar experience - to carry out the geophysical prospecting within the Property. The VES survey included two East-West prospection lines to explore the extent and the conductivity of groundwater aquifers (Figures 1, 2). Under optimal conditions like those at Salar de Pocitos, the survey allows accurate interpretation of brine aquifers to 350 meters and deeper.

Field observations at Quiron II indicate that Salar de Pocitos is an ephemeral playa lake underlain by evaporite and clastic units, which extend under the alluvial cover on the prospect. Initial interpretation of the VES survey at Quiron II (Figures 2, 3, 4) indicates subsurface zones of high electrical conductivity that likely correspond to brines within mixed clastic and evaporite units.  A shallower subsurface zone of lower conductivity is interpreted to correspond to a freshwater aquifer above the brine.  The largest high conductivity zone underlies the western half of the property, under a veneer of alluvium that is ~100 m - ~350 m - thick.  The top of the interpreted brine zone is as shallow as 130 m depth (Figure 4), and likely is contiguous with the aquifer under Salar de Pocitos.

Figure 1: Location of Vertical Electrical Survey (VES) lines in red, on color-enhanced Landsat image of the northeastern Salad de Pocitos, Salta Province, Argentina.

Figure 2. Station locations for Quiron II VES electrical survey. The base map is a Landsat image of the property. Note the white evaporites of Salar de Pocitos as close as 300 meters to the west; and the road + rail line that traverse the northwest part of the property.

Figure 3. West - East cross section of VES line 1 along the northern boundary of the prospection license. The red and orange zones of >~5 Ohm-m are believed to be brine within mixed evaporite and clastic units.

Figure 4. West - East cross section of VES line 2 through the central part of the prospection license.  The red and orange zones of >~5 Ohm-m are believed to be brine within mixed evaporite and clastic units. The top of the interpreted brine zone is as shallow as 130 m depth in this section.  This indicates that the brine Quiron II brine aquifer is contiguous with that under the Salar de Pocitos to the west.

The excellent location of the Property in terms of infrastructure is due to the fact that the Belgrano Cargas rail line Ramal 14 (connecting Estacion de Pocitos with the Chilean deep water port of Antofagasta) main provincial road N° 17 to access the Puna high voltage electricity line and high-pressure gas pipeline are going through the property, allowing exploration and future production activity to occur without any significant holdups.

The technical information has been reviewed and approved by C. Tucker Barrie, Ph.D., P. Geo., who is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101.

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