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CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE: The Swedish question gold or blueberries?

Health-conscious readers have known for a time about the nutritional benefits of eating blueberries. Now it seems a...


Health-conscious readers have known for a time about the nutritional benefits of eating blueberries. Now it seems a lack of the tasty treats may be good for a person’s financial health.

 

Word has come from Sweden that a pair of grandmothers and amateur geologists went berry picking and found instead one of that country’s richest gold occurrences in 2007. Siv Viik and Harriet Svensson set out on their expedition with their rock hammers and magnifying glasses as well as their berry baskets. A cold spring made the berries few and far between, so they explored a logging road until they came upon a most promising rock showing.

 

The women phoned the Geological Survey of Sweden, and an expert examined their find. He was reportedly stunned. A sample assayed 23 g/t Au. The four chip samples taken also had silver and lead values plus zinc values as high as 33%. Viik and Svensson entered a sample in the GSS’s annual geological competition and won.

 

The story has a Canadian connection, too. Hansa Resources of Vancouver is earning a 80-100% interest what it calls the Storkullen project, the discovery made by Viik and Svensson, 360 km northwest of Stockholm. Hansa has completed an induced polarization survey that identified two anomalies. The southern one corresponds with a massive sulphide outcrop and appears to be 320 metres along strike. The northern anomaly is parallel to and 500 metres northwest of the discovery outcrop.

 

In May 2009, Hansa announced that it was ready to begin diamond drilling at the Storkullen project, the first time the site has been drill-tested. A minimum 1,000 metres will be drilled to test both anomalies.

 

I wish the drill crew and Hansa geologists success.


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