Aruma Resources begins next phase of drilling at Salmon Gums Gold Project in WA

Aruma Resources (ASX:AAJ) has begun the next phase of drilling at its Salmon Gums Gold Project, following up on previous bonanza grade gold intersections.

The company reports this phase of drilling will consist of 47 reverse circulation (RC) holes for 5,500m, and a 1,026 sample shallow auger drilling program.

The RC program is designed to follow-up previously recorded ‘high-grade’ intersections, as well as testing ‘strong’ coincident gold and arsenic in soil anomalies to extend the current known gold mineralised areas at the Iris and Thistle prospects. The auger drilling program is designed to further test the soil anomalies, particularly south of the Thistle prospect, with the aim of extending the project’s gold footprint.

Aruma reports the targeted anomalies have been defined by 15 parts per billion (ppb) gold and 30 parts per million (ppm) arsenic. The soils in the area have been ‘extensively’ re-worked through decades of farming, but significantly past drilling has proven this to be a reliable targeting method for gold mineralisation.

The company says the auger program will provide more ‘effective’ testing for gold mineralisation and other elements at depth below that of a standard soil sampling program. In addition to gold, the auger program is planned to begin in early April, and both programs are expected to be completed in April.

Commenting on the drilling program, Aruma Resources Managing Director Glenn Grayson says: “Salmon Gums is our flagship gold asset and a core exploration focus for the company. We are delighted to commence the 2023 drilling campaign, which will follow-up our previous bonanza grade gold intersections and seek to extend the high-grade mineralised area at the Iris and Thistle prospects.

In addition, the auger drilling program will seek to extend the project’s mineralised footprint, particularly in the southern extent of the project. We see the Salmon Gums Project as having excellent potential to host significant Norseman-style high-grade gold mineralisation, and we eagerly anticipate the results of these drilling programs.”

“We are delighted to commence the 2023 drilling campaign, which will follow-up our previous bonanza grade gold intersections…”

Aruma reports previous drilling at the project intersected ‘bonanza’ gold grades as high as 228g/t Au, with hole SRC39 intersecting 5m @ 50.2g/t Au in 2022.

This drilling was followed by a diamond core drilling program which returned anomalous zones of gold and expanded the interpreted greenstone footprint at Salmon Gums to more than 75km-square.

The company then completed an airborne high-resolution magnetic survey and ground gravity survey over the project area in the current quarter which helped to scope the full extent of the Salmon Gums Greenstone and enhance the lithological and structural understanding at Thistle and Iris. The survey results have been used to help define targets for the current phase of drilling at the project.

Aruma reports geological consultants Model Earth have been engaged to interpret the detailed aerial magnetic survey and ground gravity survey. The company says Model Earth has a ‘strong’ depth of understanding of the geology and mineralisation at the Scotia Gold Project, situated to the north of Salmon Gums.

The company notes Model Earth will utilise their expertise to assist in the geological modelling and assessment of Salmon Gums.

Aruma Resources is an ASX-listed minerals exploration company focused on its portfolio of prospective gold and lithium projects in Western Australia. These projects include the Salmon Gums Gold Project in the Eastern Goldfields, and the multi-commodity Saltwater Project in the Pilbara region.

The Salmon Gums project comprises exploration licences EL63/2037 and EL63/2122, as well as exploration licence application ELA63/2303 which covers an area of 360km-square. The project is located about 200km south of Kalgoorlie, and about 60km south of Norseman.

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Written By Harry Mulholland
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