Lightning Minerals (ASX:L1M) has begun an infill soil sampling program following the identification of multiple lithium anomalies at its flagship Dundas Project in Western Australia.
The company says this infill program has been designed to further define drill targets and follow up on positive geochemical results that outlined an 8km-square lithium in soil anomaly up to 218 parts per million (ppm) lithium.
It is planning to gather up to 1,500 samples and hopes to increase the sampling density to about 200m by 200m to assist in delineating drill targets.
Sampling will begin on a 100m-by-100m density over ‘higher-priority’ areas to generate higher resolution results, which will feed directly into follow-up exploration drilling.
The company will aim to provide a hierarchy of drill targets to increase the chance of drilling success. This is seen as an opportunity as demonstrated by recent drilling on tenement E63/2001, where multiple pegmatites have been intersected under alluvial cover.
Lightning also notes further sampling is proposed and being assessed on its other Dundas tenements with the plan to delineate multiple ‘high-quality’ drill targets.
Meanwhile, the company states a ‘comprehensive’ targeting exercise using results of the sampling program will now be utilised to extract maximum value from the 62-element suite of analytes provided by an ultrafine (UFF+) analytical technique.
This review will include all applicable prospective commodities for the Dundas projects, including lithium, rare earth elements (REEs), gold, copper, nickel, and platinum group elements (PGE).
Commenting on the soil sampling program, Lightning Minerals Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alex Biggs says: “Following the excellent results from our first-pass soil sampling campaign at Dundas, multiple lithium anomalies have been identified across our tenements. As well as our drilling activities on our E63/2001 tenement, which are yielding success, the lithium anomaly identified on E63/2000 has been a priority for us to follow up on.
“The proximity to a known lithium resource, strong assay results, and lithological setting presents an excellent opportunity for us to define some high-quality drill targets”
The proximity to a known lithium resource, strong assay results, and lithological setting presents an excellent opportunity for us to define some high-quality drill targets. We are accelerating our exploration strategy across the Dundas region, and we look forward to keeping the market informed of our progress.”
Lightning Minerals is an ASX-listed mineral explorer focused on the exploration of critical minerals and lithium at its tenements across Western Australia.
The company’s Dundas project is located in the prolific Dundas region of Western Australia. The company also has other projects in Western Australia. These include the Mt Jewell, Mt Bartle, and Mailman Hill projects.
Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au
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