West Perth-based gold explorer DiscovEx Resources says assay results from its air-core drilling at the company’s Spartan prospect at its Edjudina project in WA’s Eastern Goldfields have confirmed bedrock gold mineralisation, generating three high-priority drill targets. The company believes it has also discovered significant gold within transported overburden and now plans to determine the connection between the bedrock and transported gold.
West Perth-based gold explorer DiscovEx Resources says assay results from its air-core drilling at its Spartan prospect in the company’s Edjudina project in WA’s Eastern Goldfields have confirmed bedrock gold mineralisation, generating three high-priority drill targets.
Best results from the significant intersections within the bedrock include 4 metres going 1.24 grams per tonne gold from 82m, including 1m at 3.42g/t gold from 82m.
However, whilst one conundrum has been resolved, another has been generated. DiscovEx has also tabled results showing significant gold has been intersected within transported overburden where best results have returned 1m at 4.82 g/t gold from 35m within 8m at 1.64 g/t gold from 29m.
The question to answer for DiscovEx now is, what is the relationship between the gold in the transported overburden and in Spartan’s bedrock gold.
DiscovEx Managing Director, Toby Wellman said: “There remains a great deal to unpack at Edjudina with regards to the relationship between transported and bedrock gold.”
“One thing however remains certain and that is there is a significant amount of metal contained in the regolith.”
Wellman argues with three bedrock gold targets now defined – called Spartan East, Spartan West and Colossus – the company is looking forward to the next phase of work at Edjudina, including extensional drilling in and around the defined mineralisation.
Those three targets displayed elevated gold results close to the bottom of hole and also show scale potential. DiscovEx says the bottom-of-hole mineralisation is particularly encouraging because as it implies potential for primary gold mineralisation in the fresh rock below.
Spartan is part of the company’s Edjudina project north-east of Kalgoorlie and is considered prospective for gold and nickel-copper mineralisation. It is part of an 80/20 joint venture between DiscovEx and Gateway Mining.
The project comprises four exploration tenements in the highly mineralised Laverton Tectonic Zone in the southern portion of the Laverton district and is considered prospective for gold and nickel-copper mineralisation.
DiscovEx’s air-core program comprised two phases for a total of 188 holes going 12,906m with drilling completed on 200m-spaced lines. Additional holes were also completed between the Spartan anomaly and two others, Falcon and Hercules, to test a paleo-topographic high modelled from drill information.
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