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The Handa Project is located in central Tanzania, approximately 150km northwest of the District capital Dodoma. It covers an area of approximatley 1,110 square kilometres within the Bahi catchment area (Figure 1).

Handa Project – Geological Setting and Anomaly Locations
Figure 1: Handa Project - Geological Setting and Anomaly Locations

The Bahi catchment incorporates an extensive closed drainage system that has developed over weathered uranium rich Archaean granites. The drainage system ultimately captures all soluble uranium leached from the underlying rocks and provides transport to suitable trap sites along the drainages and ultimately into a large playa lake, the Bahi Swamp. Uranium accumulation within the Bahi catchment system has been recognised since the 1950's when uranium mineralisation was intersected in a drill hole located near the centre of the Bahi Swamp. Recent positive exploration results announced by Uranex NL (ASX: UNX) from their Bahi 'C1' prospect have confirmed the prospectivity of the Bahi catchment area to host significant palaeochannel associated uranium mineralisation.

The geological setting of the Handa Project area is characterised by basement granites, interpreted palaeodrainage trends and local areas of mbuga (black soils). Numerous radiometric anomalies identified by previous explorers from interpretation of airborne geophysical data are located within the tenements.

Mantra's exploration is targeting palaeochannel associated, calcrete-hosted, uranium mineralisation. Initial work has included a detailed review of historical geological and geophysical data covering the tenements and compilation of a GIS database. A field campaign comprising geological mapping, ground radiometrics and auger drilling was completed over licence PL 3589 during late 2008.

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