Topography, Elevation and Vegetation
The Wray Mesa area is a gently sloping mesa and canyon on topography, located southeast of the La Sal Mountains. Stream valleys formed along breached salt anticlines in the Paradox Basin of the Colorado Plateau, causing some of the local valleys and drainage’s. The area is typical of the Colorado Plateau, with sandstone-capped mesas cut by canyons or gorges 200 ft to 500ft deep. The Wray Mesa Project gets it’s name from the Wray Mesa topographic feature. All the drilling activities, historical and current at the Dylan deposit, are on the Wray Mesa, which is capped by Brushy Basin sandstone.
The Project is a typical high-desert area much like the southwestern United States and enjoys a similar climatic regime. Elevation ranges from 7,000ft to 7,500 ft. Vegetation is a mixture of mesquite, scrub pine, and low standing Riparian vegetation, including willow, alder, cacti, and cottonwood. Sparse ground cover include smat saltbush and salt desert scrub, shadscale, Nuttalls, saltbrush, blackbrush, fourwing saltbrush, Wyoming big sagebrush, desert trumpet, galletea grass, and other associated grasses. Shrublands provide important winter habitat for wildlife. There is some minor cattle and sheep grazing in the district. Most of the project is within sparse pine forested lands a bit higher in elevation than the shrublands.
Climate and Length of Operating Season
The area is located on the southeast flank of the La Sal Mountains, which attain an altitude of over 12,000 ft. The area has a diverse climate due to the difference in altitude and the effect of the mountains on the movement of air masses and storms. Wet weather in the form of rain and snow dominate the regional weather during October through April; summers are warm and relatively dry except for thunderstorms. Summer weather produces less frequent but more intense storms. The higher parts of the La Sal Mountains are comparatively wet and cool; their slopes and adjacent plateaus including the Wray Mesa area are drier, and subject to large variations in diurnal and seasonal temperature.
The semiarid and arid mesas, and canyon at low altitudes, including the Claims, have hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures in general reach into the high 80’s and winter temperatures are between 10 and 40 F.
The climatic regime is supportive of year round mining operations. The La Sal weather station located in the community of La Sal six miles to the northwest, the nearest reporting meteorological station to the Claims, records an averaged annual snowfall of 44.5 inches and average precipitation of 12.8 inches, with most occurring in the fall and winter months. Average annual low temperatures are 32.9 F (range from 12.7 F in January to 54.6 F in July) and average annual highs are 59.3 F (range from 35.9F in January to 83.5F in July.
The physiography of the Wray Mesa Claims area is characterized by a relatively flat plateau that is part of the Colorado Plateau physio graphic province. The Colorado Plateau is a 240,000 km area characterized by gently dipping sedimentary rocks with locally significant structural relief, the result is deep canyons eroded into moderately flat terrain. Differential erosion of soft and hard rocks has produced innumerable escarpments and benches that generally follow parallel structural features.
The project is in the western portion of the Paradox Basin, a major subdivision of the Colorado Plateau. Salt anticlines of the Paradox Basin trend northwest, generally consist of low rolling hills and escarpment ledges, and valleys representing salt collapse depressions. Drainage’s of the project area trend generally southerly off the La Sal Mountains and coalesce and drain northwestwards into the Colorado River near Moab.
The La Sal Mountains to the north are rugged series of domal mountain peaks and sharp escarpments that are part of the Plateau laccolithic igneous intrustions of Laramide age. Run off from the La Sal Mountains are the main source of surface water in the regions. Groundwater is withdrawn from aquifers of both consolidated rock and unconsolidated deposits.
Access to Property
Access into the Wray Mesa Claims is excellent. The property is approximately equidistant from Moab and Monticello, which are connected north-south by US 191, and located about 18 miles east of US 191. The property is accessed from maintained gravel roads that cross the property, and a network of 4WD trails and drill roads that allow access to the exploration areas.
Surface rights to the Claims are held by The Federal Government, and administered by the BLM. The surface management agencies for the district are the BLM. JL Energy, LLC has the rights to explore, develop, and mine on the project area, subject to permits from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Minerals (DOGM), which administers permitting for mining activities on all public and private lands in Utah. Permits on file with the DOGM are also on file with the BLM.
There are no private surface ownerships in the areas of current drilling for the Dylan Site.
Local Resources and Infrastructure
Local infrastructure and resources to support exploration, development and mining are excellent. Exploration and mining service companies for the coal, oil and gas, and for the mining industry are based in Grand Junction, CO., and to a lesser extent is small towns such as Moab, Monticello in Utah and Cortez in Co.
The entire region from Wray Mesa, La Sal and nearby Lisbon Valley are a historical uranium exploration and mining areas with a long history of underground mining in La Sal and Lisbon Valley. To the east and southeast in Colorado, the Uravan mineral belt was host to many underground uranium mines. The closest active uranium mine is the Pandora Mine in the La Sal District to the west of the Project. Manpower for any possible uranium mining in the region would be availabel in adjacent towns, such a Moab, Monticello, and Blanding in Utah, and from Grand Junction and Cortez in Colorado. All these nearby towns can easily accommodate mine and mill workers, and would have skilled manpower available.