Kincora’s AI partner starts maiden copper drilling at Cundumbul

Kincora Copper’s (ASX:KCC) exploration alliance partner Earth AI has begun an initial 1,800m, three-hole phase-one diamond core drilling program at the Cundumbul Project in New South Wales.

Earth AI partners with explorers and development companies to help prove up a major discovery in a shorter timeframe by using its vertically integrated, proprietary AI and machine learning capabilities to generate, fund, and drill test targets.

Prior to drilling, Earth AI – which is contributing up to $4.5 million to exploration over two years – generated a pipeline of new intrusion-related copper targets in the centre part of the Cundumbul Project. 

Kincora President and CEO Sam Spring says prior explorer activities and limited drilling has confirmed fertile porphyry systems in both the north and south of Cundumbul located over 10km apart. 

“The initial new drill targets of this first-phase program by Earth AI are associated with a newly identified zoned mineralised hydrothermal quartz breccia system in the previously untested central eastern portion of the project,” he says.

“The hydrothermal quartz breccia system is open, already stretches over 1.8km, and the commenced program seeks to provide initial guidance on the down-hole extent and grade as plans are being advanced to test further targets along strike.” 

The goal of the very first drilling program, being solely funded by Earth AI, is to test the 2.2km by 800m zone of anomalous surface copper associated with the hydrothermal quartz breccia system.

Earth AI has undertaken several phases of field work to better understand the geology at Cundumbul. This includes identifying and refining targets via ground truthing AI and machine learning predictions. 

“After multiple field based campaigns refining Earth AI’s artificial intelligence model and geological theses the commenced diamond drilling program is an exciting catalyst in our success based exploration alliance and provides Kincora shareholders exposure to a fully funded, new discovery focused opportunity,” Spring says. 

The program is expected to take around one to two months to complete using Earth AI’s Mobile Low Disturbance diamond rig.

Meanwhile, a field mapping, soil and rock chip sampling program is ongoing to test both north and southern strike extensions, and open zones to the west and east, including higher grade surface geochemical anomalies of up to 5.2% copper.

The Cundumbul Project sits in the central Molong volcanic belt of the Macquarie Arc within the Lachlan Fold Belt in Central West New South Wales. The project is located about 30km south of Alkane Resources’ (ASX:ALK) Boda-Kaiser discoveries and 70km north of the Cadia mine.

Write to Angela East at Mining.com.au 

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