Accessibility, Climate, Local Resources, Infrastructure and Physiography
The property is accessible from Ouagadougou by traveling east on Route Nationale 3, a paved highway 267 km to the village of Dori, and then north-northwest via Route Nationale 23 a laterite road, 56 km to the village of Gorgadji, then west 23 kilometers by dirt track to the village of Djika, then south 5 kilometers to the property boundary.
The climate is semiarid with basically only two seasons: a rainy season from July to October and a dry season from November to June. Temperatures that range from 46ºC to 10ºC with annual rainfall of 503 mm with an estimated 100-year maximum of 143 mm in a 24 hour period. Rainfall is sporadic or absent during the rest of the year. Weather conditions are expected to have minimal impact on exploration, but require proper planning to ensure sufficient water supply during the dry season.
The property is drained by a network of backwaters and rivers, which flow generally in a NW-SE and NS direction flowing towards the Niger River. Relief on the property is formed mainly by hills of volcanic rocks rising to a maximum of 450 m ASL and of vast lateritic plates forming broad plains extending below the hills.
Figure 3: Stream Sediment Sampling Map (after Curien, H. 2012)
Agriculture is the main industry in the region with many fields of millet and corn, ranching is prevalent throughout the regions with herds of cattle, goats and sheep being quite common.
An exploration camp was constructed by Newmont on the property; it consists of 4 container trailers for housing and a series of adobe brick buildings, storage and sanitary facilities. A water well was drilled and is suitable for potable water. The camp also has a 30,000 litre fuel storage tank on site.
The exploration permit has two areas that are being exploited by local artisanal miners called Orpailleurs.