Desert Metals prepares for next Côte d’Ivoire exploration 

Desert Metals (ASX:DM1) is gearing up for a program of soil sampling and aircore drilling at its Adzope Gold Project in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. 

Desert, which has a $8.49 million market capitalisation, says the aforementioned activities will begin once the permit has been granted, which is scheduled for the current quarter. 

The company has planned the latest activities at Adzope following a reconnaissance visit which flagged immediate drilling targets near hard-rock pits adjacent to and within more than 2km2 of alluvial gold workings. 

“Multiple mineralised structures are being worked by the artisanal miners for gold, and the extensive alluvial mining clearly reflects the potential for the discovery of gold in multiple, additional mineralised structures over a large area,” Managing Director Stephen Ross says.  

Meanwhile, Desert Metals has also flagged a new gold structure at its Tengrela South Project, which is also in Côte d’Ivoire, following an aircore drilling program.

Results from aircore drilling demonstrate gold grades up to 5.22 grams per tonne from a new structure 3.5km southwest of the Podio gold prospect. 

According to Desert, this result is a top 20 gold intersection in more than 63,000m of drilling at the project. 

Lithium has also been identified in a 6m end-of-hole pegmatite intersection about 1.2km southwest of the Logbog gold prospect and 10km north of Firering Strategic Minerals’ (LON:FRG) Atex lithium discovery.  

Drilling at both Trengrela South and Logbog is scheduled for May 2024. 

Ross says drilling at Tengrela South was designed to test second-tier spot gold anomalies located in favourable geological positions concealed beneath thin transported cover.  

“This positive result gives us the confidence to pursue other historical, second-tier, gold in soil anomalies that could equally represent new mineralised structures in areas of transported cover. A 2,000-sample soil program has already been planned for the northern part of the project area, and a second round of follow-up aircore drilling is scheduled to commence in May 2024. RC drilling into the Podio gold mineralisation is also planned.”

Desert Metals is a mineral explorer and developer with a portfolio of projects considered prospective for gold and lithium. 

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

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