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Stelar set to start field work in coming months at Baratta Copper Project, South Australia

Stelar Metals (ASX:SLB) has been granted its exploration licence (EL 6803) comprising the Baratta Copper Project in northern South Australia.

The critical minerals explorer reports Stelar will starting field work on the tenement in the coming months in the renowned mining district.

Baratta is one of five ‘highly prospective’ copper and zinc projects the company intends to explore, committing to an ‘aggressive’ exploration program in this renowned mining district.

Initial work programs will include geological mapping, soil sampling, and rock-chip sampling focusing on the Tindelpina Shale Member and the diapiric structures to refine targets for future drill testing.

The available existing geophysical datasets are also being compiled and reprocessed to assist in determining geology and the structural architecture. The IP data that was collected previous explorers is being re-compiled, inverted, and modelled for targeting.

Commenting on the granting of the licence, Stelar Metals Chief Executive Officer Colin Skidmore said: “The newly granted Baratta copper tenement bolsters our portfolio of projects in the Adelaide Fold Belt which we think is prospective for both zinc-lead mineralisation and sediment-hosted copper.

“The newly granted Baratta copper tenement bolsters our portfolio of projects in the Adelaide Fold Belt”

Exploration to date on EL 6803 has been very limited to date but has revealed some interesting anomalies and mapped out extensive tracts of mineralisation at surface. In its day, the adjacent historic Baratta Copper Mine was a significant project.”

Stelar notes its tenure is adjacent to the historic Baratta Copper Mine which produced copper ore between 1896 and 1904 from a zone of workings 7.5km long on the northern limb of the Bibliando Dome. The mine is considered prospective for both Zambian-style sediment-hosted copper and Mississippi Valley-type (MVT)-style lead-zinc mineralisation.

The same structure that is interpreted to control copper mineralisation at the Baratta mine is exposed over a significant strike length in the eastern part of Stelar’s Baratta tenement and is considered prospective for copper, lead, and zinc.

The Baratta Copper Project is underlain by rocks of the Adelaide Fold Belt that share important geological characteristics with the Central African Copperbelt.

Stelar recognises the potential for Zambian-style copper mineralisation (sediment-hosted copper deposit – SHCD) as well as diapir-hosted mineralisation (Beltana-Kipushi type), which is also supported by the recent discoveries made by Taruga Minerals at Wyacca and other prospects, directly west along strike from Stelar’s tenure.

Stelar Metals is seeking to discover highly prized minerals of copper and zinc needed to drive the move to decarbonise the world and experiencing unprecedented demand. All five projects are 100% owned by Stelar Metals and are located in South Australia’s premier ‘world-class’ exploration and mining district.

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Written By Adam Orlando
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