Australian copper-gold exploration company Askari Metals (ASX:AS2) has begun a project-wide detailed mapping and sampling program at the Uis Lithium Project in Namibia.
The company says it has engaged South African-based mining and exploration geological consulting company Earthlab Technical to complete the mapping and sampling program to map, geologically interpret, classify, and sample every pegmatite outcrop.
The results from this testing will enable the company to target future exploration activities at Uis ‘efficiently’, and ‘effectively’.
Commenting on the program, Askari Metals Vice President (VP) of Exploration and Geology Johan Lambrechts says: “The detailed mapping and sampling program on EPL 7345 (Uis Project) is an integral part of Askari’s exploration plan for the project as we look to commence phase two drilling in the short-term.
“Our drive to methodically explore our Uis Lithium Project is a testament to the culture of our company and is the key to advancing our status in the Lithium exploration space in Namibia”
Our drive to methodically explore our Uis Lithium Project is a testament to the culture of our company and is the key to advancing our status in the Lithium exploration space in Namibia. The company is committed to continuing its aggressive exploration activities aimed at unlocking the potential of our projects in both Namibia and Australia.
While the mapping team commences work on EPL 7345, the company is also gearing up for the inaugural RC (reverse circulation) drilling campaign on EPL 8535 which is set to start next week.”
The detailed mapping program is designed to cover the entire project and aims to identify various types of pegmatites, their outcrop dimensions and visible mineralogy. The mineralisation tenor of the pegmatites will also be determined by way of multiple samples collected from each outcrop.
The program is aiming to identify the total number of pegmatites outcropping on the project area. Visual inspection of satellite imagery and physical inspection on the ground have highlighted a ‘very-high’ number of pegmatites, but a large portion of the tenement is yet to be explored. Askari is expecting to identify many pegmatites in the mapping program.
Askari Metals is an Australian copper-gold exploration company developing a portfolio of ‘high-grade’ battery and precious metal projects across Namibia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales.
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