NVA Managing Director, Mr. Avi Kimelman said: "These drill results give us further encouragement that the Korbel prospect is a significant discovery with drilling ending in the same mineralisation at 542.1m and remains open at depth. The continuation of mineralisation at depth and the consistency of mineralisation are further evidence of the potential of a big intrusive related gold system in Block B alone on the Korbel prospect (one of 15 known prospects) and is much larger than first thought, remaining open well past design depth. The Tintina Gold Belt has a history of delivering large tonnage, long-life gold mines. Nova is continuing its drilling program on the next hole, the camp is established and the second rig is to start turning soon as we seek to determine the scale of the highly encouraging Korbel Prospect.
Nova's greatest accomplishment in 2019 on such small budgets was proving up 2.5Moz of gold in the Inferred Category in a very short period of time and demonstrating exceptional gold leach recoveries averaging 76% at the Korbel Gold Deposit (one of 15 known prospects). We look forward to amplifying our exploration and project development efforts in 2020 and are committed to keeping our shareholders constantly updated on our progress.
Furthermore, we have a clear objective across the Korbel project alone to push Block B "Starter Pit" towards a feasibility study in 2021 (ASX announcement: 02 September 2019 and 9 December, 2019) on the path to production."
Nova's Korbel deposit is a classic Intrusion Related Gold System (IRGS) type deposit. Economic IRGS type deposits such as Fort Knox and Dublin Gulch are bulk tonnage, near surface, low-grade multi-million-ounce open pit mines occurring in the Tintina Gold Belt.
IRGS deposits commonly form (See Figure 3*):
- In the carapace of smaller, multiphase plutonic bodies
- Mineralised gold zones may extend from the cupola through into the thermal aureole surrounding the pluton
- Conjugate sets of mineralised sheeted veins in late structures are typically emplaced coeval with the final stages of pluton crystallization
- Proximal and distal types of IRGS deposits may also form in favourable structures beyond the thermal aureole surrounding the pluton
- Pathfinder elements to intrusion related gold deposits and the Oxide deposit include As, Bi, Te, Mo and lesser Mo and Sb.
The mineralisation at Korbel is characterized by a conjugate sets of sub-centimeter scale, commonly sheeted quartz veins. These gold-bearing, veins are mineralized with arsenopyrite, pyrite and pyrrhotite and the host intrusive rocks to the veins are mineralized with disseminated sulfides. The mineralized bodies are similar in grade, style of mineralization, deposit type and tonnage potential to the Fort Knox and Eagle deposits which are also located in the Tintina Gold Belt of the Northern Cordillera (See Photo 1*).
Mineralization observed in KBDH-002 is consistent with the general observation of Quartz-Arsenopyrite veining on the ground at Korbel and similar to other deposits within the Tintina Gold Belt.
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About Nova Minerals Ltd
Nova Minerals Limited (ASX:NVA) (FRA:QM3) is an ASX-listed minerals explorer focused on lithium, gold and mineral exploration in Canada, Alaska and Australia.
The company plans to create shareholder value through two-pronged strategy:
- Capitalise on the growing demand for energy storage and the resulting demand for lithium, cobalt and nickel by fast-tracking exploration and development activities in our North American assets with particular focus on our flagship lithium project and prospective Chip-Loy Nickel Cobalt Sulphides project.
- Diversification by gaining exposure to base and precious metals through our farm-in JV at our district scale Estelle gold copper silver project and our Northern Australian gold exploration assets.
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