Kula's tREE project

Kula Gold detects anomalous total rare earth elements at Rankin Dome Project, Southern Cross

Kula Gold (ASX:KGD) reports anomalous total Rare Earth Element (tREE) results from stage two geochemical sampling at its 100%-owned Rankin Dome exploration project in Southern Cross.

The Western Australian gold exploration company reports tREE values of up to 1,080ppm have been returned from combined auger geochemical samples, with 74% of samples above 115ppm tREE.

Target definition and an exploration program design is now in progress.

Target definition and an exploration program design is now in progress

Geochemistry results show two distinct populations of tREE enrichment suggesting two potential sources and hosts for tREE enrichment at Rankin Dome; a peralkaline intrusive host (akin to Dubbo Zirconia – Australian Strategic Minerals (ASX: ASM), and a sedimentary host from secondary enrichment processes suggestive of an ion adsorption clay style enrichment (similar to Mukutu – Ionic Rare Earths (ASX: IXR)).

Kula Gold notes that Heavy Rare Earth Elements (HREE) enrichment averages are 8.45x the average granite crustal abundance as calculated from values presented in the Field Geologists Handbook Monograph 9 by AusIMM.

Calculated HREE fractions correlate with margins of granitic plutons from geophysical assessment, while Light Rare Earth Elements (LREE) fractions are clustered over the top of the same interpreted granitic plutons at depth.

Result validation and project re-interpretation utilising all available data is in progress to define targets for further exploration including the potential for drill program design.

The Rankin Dome exploration results have been calculated from multi-element suite and combined from both phase one and phase two auger programs, which were designed to further test elements of interest in this under explored area.

The company reports that assays have been obtained from pulverisation of whole rock samples and can be considered a true representation of in-ground tREE values. There has been no artificial concentration of values resultant from sieving out larger size fraction material.

Kula said that the combined tREE results warrant further validation and determination of target generation for further exploration.

The company is in the process of evaluating these results in combination with geophysics, topographic and other collated data for a potential targeted drill design.

Kula Gold is a WA-based company focused on large land positions and structural geological settings capable of hosting 1Moz deposits. It is a gold exploration company with promising gold, copper, lithium, nickel, PGE, halloysite, and kaolin projects.

The company has projects withing the Southern Cross WA region including Rankin Dome, Westonia, Burracoppin, Marvel Loch, as well as near Kurnalpi, Coolgardie, and Brunswick.

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