Initial work will focus on thickness of pegmatites where outcropping, as well as sampling for geochemical analysis. Exploration for covered pegmatites will be completed using soil geochemistry and selective or partial leach appropriate to the target minerals. Lithogeochemistry is also expected to be an important geochemical tool. Pegmatites are not responsive to common geophysical techniques since they are not magnetic or conductive and do not present a significant density contrast. They can be detected using detailed radiometric exploration techniques but this is limited to outcropping pegmatites and not those under cover.
Work beginning in Q4 2016 will initially focus on the former producing El Quemado mine as well as the El penon and Santa Elena prospects (see maps) located within a few kilometers. Work will focus on channel sampling across pegmatite zones to define mineralization within the zoned deposits as well as characterization samples from waste dumps. As the program progresses, the geologists will expand their work south towards Tres Tetas.