Askari embarks on copper-gold search in Kimberley
ASX-listed junior explorer Askari Metals has launched an initial geochemical mapping and sampling program on its “heavily under-explored” Horry copper-gold project approximately 90 kilometers southwest of Halls Creek on the eastern margin of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The area of the Horry exploration license includes a handful of historic copper and gold operations, including the small Western Lead gold mine and the Horry Horse and Leo copper and gold excavations. The building has also produced intriguing samples of rock shards and stream sediments before.
Horry sits at the southern end of the stratigraphy that hosts Cazaly Resources ‘Mt Angelo copper deposit and Anglo Australian Resources’ Koongie Park copper deposit to the north.
Perth-based Askari says copper-gold mineralization at Horry has been identified in gossanous quartz veins in shear zones.
The company points out that the historic exploration undertaken as part of the project has barely scratched the surface, consisting of a meager 16 rock chip samples and 13 stream sediment samples.
Even so, the rock chips that were collected spat out a highest copper value of 5.5 percent, and stream sediment sampling gave better gold values of 54 grams per tonne and 41 g / t.
The ancients mined approximately 216 tonnes of ore from structurally controlled rich quartz veins at Western Lead, with average cracking grades of 10.9 g / t.
The company claims that the Horry Horse and Leo yards have abandoned both copper and gold inside the structural veins.
According to Askari, the structurally controlled mineralization of the Project is lodged in quartz veins ranging from 2 meters to 7 m wide and occurs for a strike length of approximately 900 m along a shear zone.
Askari Metals Vice President Exploration and Geology Johan Lambrechts said: “We are delighted to have started field activities on the ground as part of the very promising Horry project. The tenement has received minimal exploration work in the past, despite the presence of a historic gold mine and a number of historical samples, including two results greater than one ounce of gold as well as 2 for one hundred and 5.5 percent copper, which certainly warrant further exploration. and follow-up.
Data collected from reconnaissance mapping and field sampling work, along with a simultaneous review of historical geophysical information will determine exploration strategy at Horry going forward, Askari said.
In the Wheatbelt area east of the WAW, Askari’s inaugural drilling campaign on its flagship Burracoppin gold project, approximately 20 km east of Merredin, is now underway.
The initial 2,000m reverse circulation program will aim to track a multitude of historic high-grade drill intersections and test gold mineralization under a line of old artisanal mining shafts.
The best historical intersections were 18 m grading an average of 5.64 g / t gold from surface, 14 m at 13.7 g / t from 32 m and 2 m at 9.1 g / t from 18 m.
Rock chip sampling by previous operators at Burracoppin also yielded attractive gold values including 71.39 g / t, 63.97 g / t, 63.15 g / t, 41.88 g / t , 29.7 g / t and 15.1 g / t.
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