GeoMegA Resources (CVE:GMA) announced Wednesday rare earth mineralogy results from seven samples taken from drill core at its Montviel property in Quebec, with the bulk composition of samples dominated by carbonate minerals.
The company said the main rare earth element (NYSEMKT:REE) minerals displayed in the samples were cerium, as well as barium.
Both minerals are fluoro-carbonates of the Bastnasite-Synchysite family, a large source of rare earth elements.
GeoMegA also found strong presences of monazite and pyrochlore minerals, which are abundant in some zones, and have high specific gravities that make them amenable to metallurgical concentrating processes, it said.
Distribution of the rare earth elements was found to be fairly consistent across the property, though mineralogy varied in different zones.
For example, monazite never appeared above 0.5% in any sample, except one from a high phosphate zone, which had contained 2.5% monazite and 27% apatite, a highly phosphorus mineral which is often used in the manufacturing of fertilizer.
It is estimated that the phosphorus zone represents about 14% of the total volume of the entire mineralized body, the company said.
The pyrochlore found contained all of the niobium and yttrium in the samples, GeoMegA added.
GeoMegA also said it has appointed Equapolar Consultants to oversee the rare earth metallurgical tests, which are due to begin in September. The tests are expected to be concluded in the first quarter of next year.