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Recently-released drilling results from Talon Metals Corp. show that Minnesota’s Tamarack deposit contains much more nickel, copper, cobalt, and other essential metals in the deposit than previously believed.
The table below, from a Talon Metals slideshow, shows the new drilling results have boosted the expected nickel production from the mine from 86,000 metric tons over an eight-year mine life to 112,000 metric tons over a nine-year mine life, an increase of 30 percent. Copper production is now expected to be 68,600 metric tons, instead of 48,900 metric tons, a 40 percent increase.
The Tamarack deposit is unique in Minnesota because it is a high-grade deposit. The ore bodies for the proposed PolyMet and Twin Metals are much larger than the Tamarack deposit, but their ore grades are lower.
In this way, the Tamarack project would be similar to the Eagle Mine, which has been developing nickel and copper at a high-grade deposit in Upper Michigan, since 2014.
You can watch the video below to learn more about Talon’s work at the Tamarack deposit.