Freedom Project - Wyoming, USA
Freedom Lithium Project
FREMONT COUNTY, WYOMING, USA
The Freedom Lithium Project is in an easily accessible area located in the historic Copper Mountain Mining District with extensive pegmatite outcrops. The State of Wyoming is mining-friendly and is the second-biggest net domestic energy supplier.
The Freedom Project is comprised of 206 unpatented federal lode mining claims (1,585 ha) and one state mineral lease (259 ha), covering approximately 1,844 ha in Fremont County, Wyoming. The Project covers a portion of the historically producing Copper Mounting Mining District where there was minor production of lithium, tantalum, tungsten, beryllium, feldspar, copper, and gold intermittently over multiple periods between 1906 and 19784. Lithium-bearing pegmatites hosting spodumene, lepidolite and petalite have been recorded historically and confirmed to be present by United during staking activities. The Freedom Project is easily accessed via gravel roads that begin along U.S. route 20, which connects the cities of Shoshoni and Thermopolis.
The Freedom Project encompasses the most lithium-prospective portion of the Copper Mountain Mining District, located in the eastern region of the Owl Creek Mountains (also known as the Bridger Range). The District is a mineral rich region with historic lithium, tantalum, tungsten, beryl, copper, gold, and silver mining occurring between 1906 and 19402.
Lithium-bearing pegmatites have been historically mapped in the area that the project was staked, with these reportedly hosting spodumene, lepidolite or petalite2,3. The pegmatites are interpreted to be associated with an Archean-aged granitic intrusion hosted in Archean metasedimentary schists, gneisses, and amphibolite. There are two generations of pegmatites: an older set that is concordant to host rock foliation and mineralogically simple, and a younger, discordant, more mineralogically complex set. The pegmatites typically outcrop as long, narrow ridges generally oriented SW to NE. Grain-sizes are typically coarse (1-5 centimetres) and during staking many of these were recorded to host spodumene, lepidolite, hornblende, tourmaline, red garnet, muscovite, perthite and quartz. Historical mapping recorded apparent thicknesses of bodies as much as in excess of 30 metres (“m”), with an average of 6 m.