Air-core Drilling Update - Ironstone Gold Project
- 2,000 metre Air-core drilling programme underway
- Quartz veining intersected in multiple holes
- Initial samples dispatched to laboratory
- Drilling targeting 340 ppb gold (0.34 g/t gold) gold soil anomaly at surface
To date, 1000 metres of drilling has been completed and geological logging of drill rock chips has identified quartz veining in several holes. The samples have been dispatched to the Laboratory for assaying. Results are expected within the next month.
The target soil anomaly occurs at surface and extends over 240 by 180 metre area. The maximum gold value is 340 ppb (0.34 g/t) which occurs within a halo of +100ppb gold values (see figure 1 in the link below). The anomaly occurs 190 metres west of recent and historical drilling that intersected 4 metres at 5 g/t and 0.3 metres at 25 g/t gold.
Managing Director Todd Hibberd commented that ?he first phase of drilling at Ironstone has revealed some intriguing geology and more importantly some substantial quartz veining. High grade gold mineralisation is associated with quartz veining 190 metres west of the current drilling. The samples have been dispatched for assay and we keening await the results. We believe the Merolia project has great potential for a major gold discovery and this drill program is the first phase of a broader exploration strategy aimed at delivering on that potential."
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Kyrgyz Aucu Gold Project (90%): The Project contains extensive porphyry related gold and copper mineralisation starting at the surface and extending over several kilometres. Drilling during 2014-6 has defined a gold deposit currently containing an inferred resource of 1.8Mt at 5.2 g/t containing 302,000 ounces of gold and 608,000 tonnes at 0.64% copper containing 3870 tonnes of copper. Drilling has also defined a significant copper deposit at surface consisting of 10Mt at 0.41% copper containing 41,000 tonnes of copper.
Extensive mineralisation occurs around both deposits demonstrating significant expansion potential. The project is located in the Kyrgyz Republic, 350km west-southwest of the capital city of Bishkek and covers 57 square kilometres. The Chanach project is located in the western part of the Tien Shan Belt, a highly mineralised zone that extending for over 2500 km, from western Uzbekistan, through Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and southern Kazakhstan to western China.
Merolia Gold and Nickel Project (100%): The project consists of 771 square kilometres of the Merolia Greenstone belt and contains extensive ultramafic sequences including the Diorite Hill layered ultramafic complex, the Rotorua ultramafic complex, the Coglia ultramafic complex and a 51 kilometre long zone of extrusive ultramafic lavas. The intrusive complexes are prospective for nickel-copper sulphide accumulations possibly with platinum group elements, and the extrusive ultramafic rocks are prospective for nickel sulphide and nickel-cobalt accumulations.
The project also contains extensive basalt sequences that are prospective for gold mineralisation including the Ironstone prospect where historical drilling has identified 24m at 8.6g/t gold. Soil sampling in 2016 has identified multiple mineralised gold trends at Burtville East, Comet Well and Ironstone which will be drilled in 2017.
Bremer Range Nickel Project (100%): The project covers over 127 square kilometres in the Lake Johnson Greenstone Belt, which contains the Emily Ann and Maggie Hayes nickel sulphide deposits. These mines have a total resource of approximately 140,000 tonnes of contained nickel. The project area has excellent prospectivity for both komatiite associated nickel-cobalt sulphides and amphibolite facies high-grade gold mineralisation.
Lake Percy Lithium Project (100%): Substantial lithium anomalism has been identified within untested outcropping pegmatites within the Lake Percy tenements.
Laverton Gold Project (100%): The project consists of 136 square kilometres of tenement applications in the Laverton Greenstone belt. The core prospects are Kelly Well and Eight Mile Well located 20km southwest of Laverton in the core of the structurally complex Laverton Tectonic zone immediately north of the Granny Smith Gold Mine (3 MOz) and 7 kilometres north of the Wallaby Gold Mine (7MOz).
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