Aruma Resources (ASX:AAJ) has extended the gold mineralised footprint at its Salmon Gums Gold Project in Western Australia following a recent reverse circulation (RC) and auger drilling program.
The results, generated from 44 RC holes and 894 shallow auger holes, provide further support to the potential the project has as an emerging new gold camp.
Results are also indicative of the existence of multiple zones of gold that expand the gold-mineralised footprint at the priority Iris and Thistle prospects.
Aruma reports drilling has also identified a new target, named the Rose prospect, between the Iris and Thistle prospects, with multiple new gold intersections returned from this new target.
Key results include hole SG23RC030 with 1m @ 3g/t Au from 71m; hole SG23RC037 with 1m @ 1.3g/t Au from 46m and 5m @ 0.4g/t Au from 103m; hole SGRC066 with 1m @ 4.1g/t Au; and hole SG23RC026 with 1m @ 2.3g/t Au from 27m.
The RC drilling was designed to follow up on ‘bonanza-grade’ gold intersected by Aruma in previous drilling, which returned gold grades up to 224g/t Au, while auger drilling was undertaken to test ‘strong’ coincident gold- and arsenic-in-soil anomalies within the wider project area.
This recent drilling has also warranted the drafting of plans for a diamond drilling program targeting further ‘bonanza’ gold intercepts of 5m @ 50.2g/t Au in order to better define controls and extensions to this very ‘high-grade’ gold zone.
Speaking on the results, Aruma Resources Managing Director Glenn Grayson says: “The Salmon Gums Gold Project has the potential to host a significant mineral deposit. This round of drilling was designed to test our geological model for gold mineralisation at the project over a considerable strike and has been successful in intersecting multiple zones of gold mineralisation, which has resulted in the definition of a new target at the Rose prospect.
“The Salmon Gums Gold Project has the potential to host a significant mineral deposit”
As our understanding of the gold model at Salmon Gums increases, as a next step, we plan to undertake targeted diamond drilling in several orientations to follow up the bonanza gold intersection of 5m at 50.2g/t from our previous phase of drilling and to increase our understanding of what is controlling the high-grade gold.”
Additionally, auger drilling is noted to have identified potential for multiple new gold prospects and has also returned multiple rare earth element (REE) soil anomalies. Follow-up analyses are currently being completed to provide a more comprehensive REE value to these anomalies.
Aruma Resources is an ASX-listed minerals exploration company focused on the exploration and development of its portfolio of prospective gold and lithium projects strategically located in major, active Australian gold mineralised belts in Western Australia.
The company’s Salmon Gums Project is located about 200km south of the major regional centre of Kalgoorlie and about 60km south of the mining town of Norseman in WA. It comprises 2 exploration licences with 1 exploration licence application that cover a total land area of 360km-square.
Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au
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