New Age Exploration’s Quartz Hill fertile with fractionation of lithium

New Age Exploration (ASX:NAE) reports assay results from its maiden drilling program samples at the Quartz Hill Project show indications the underlying monzogranite is fertile with fractionation of lithium increasing in some zones.

Drilling was conducted with reverse circulation drilling to test areas with elevated lithium in surface soil samples at the project, located in Central Pilbara of Western Australia.

The Quartz Hill Project is located in close proximity to Wodgina – the largest hard rock lithium deposit in the world – and is regional to the recent Andover Lithium discovery by Azure Minerals (ASX:AZU).

The drill program has tested accessible soil anomalies and has shown elevated lithium results in intervals of drill holes. These target sites were identified from indications of lithium in surface soil samples collected and analysed using UltraFine+ method as part of the CSIRO’s Ultrafine+ NextGen Analytics Project.

While drill assay results have not seen a significant increase in lithium grades above those recorded at surface, New Age Exploration says an analysis of elements show indications that the underlying monzogranite is fertile, with fractionation of lithium increasing in some zones.

The maiden drilling results were an important next step in confirming the effectiveness of the CSIRO’s UltraFine+ method of analysis to explore for mineralisation under cover.

Lithium results from drilling confirm the felsic to intermediate intrusives have low-order lithium and multi-element lithium pathfinder geochemical indicators supporting the anomalism seen in soil samples.

Executive Director Joshua Wellisch says results from this initial phase of drilling show that the granites in the area are fertile with elevated levels of lithium, which supports the anomalies located in soils.

The anomalies were analysed using the UltraFine+ method. Wellisch says will now there will now be a focus on understanding the locations of further fractionation of the intrusion with the aim of discovering LCT pegmatites undercover.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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