The Tanjianshan area contains two main deposits, the Jinlonggou deposit hosting the bulk of the resource and the Qinlonggou deposit, situated twelve kilometres to the north (Figure 2). The Tanjianshan Project consists of four large contiguous exploration licenses covering 342 square kilometres and encompassing amongst other things, the Jinlonggou and Qinlonggou gold deposits.
The Jinlonggou deposit lies within a low, northwest trending, mountain range (Tanjianshan, see cover picture). Surrounding the range and separating it at distances of a few kilometres from similar sized ranges to the east, west and north-west is an alluvial plain. Topographically the area shares some similarities to the ‘Basin and Range’ province of Nevada with steep, incised, juvenile ranges separated by flat, sediment filled basins averaging 3,000 metres above sea level. The Tanjianshan area is located within one of the smaller ranges with ore outcropping at about 3,500 metres above sea level.