Uravan has advance the development of novel surface geochemical exploration technologies using applied research. Under the direction of Dr. Kurt Kyser, the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR) at Queen's University is working collaboratively with the Uravan's technical team to develop innovative ways to better identify buried uranium deposits in underexplored sandstone basin environments. By sampling and analyzing surface media (plants and soils) the QFIR-Uravan research group is developing new geochemical and biogeochemical analytical protocols and methods that can better identify and vector exploration drilling toward bedrock sources of uranium mineralization at significant depths.
In 2013, the Corporation completed a three year applied research study funded through a Collaborative Research and Development grant (CRD grant) with QFIR, with matching funds from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The goals of this study, titled ‘Exploration Geochemistry for Deep Uranium Deposits’ were: (1) to apply recently developed geochemical protocols (the Cigar Lake Study) for remote sensing undercover deposits to the Outer Ring and other Athabasca Basin projects held by the Corporation; and (2) to develop new protocols for more reliable and definitive indicators of mineralization at depth in these prospective but under-explored areas.
Expression of the McArthur River U Deposit Footprint in Diverse Surficial Sampling Media. S.R. Beyer. Queens University. 2016