Western Gold Resources (ASX: WGR) reports that is has defined a 1,400m long zone of anomalous gold mineralisation from rock chip sampling at its Gold Duke Project in Western Australia.
Visible gold was discovered within samples from historic workings at the Quail prospect, while new samples at both the Wren and Quail prospects returned ‘highly-anomalous’ assays of up to 3.56g/t Au and 1911ppm As.
The program was comprised of 64 rock chip samples collected from outcrops and around historic workings on mining license M53/1017, which contains the Quail and Wren prospects as well as the Eagle and Emu deposits.
“Historic drilling provides strong evidence that mineralisation is open to the north and south and is untested by drilling”
WGR has described the discovery of visible gold in quartz-carbonate veins within sheared ultramafics at Quail as ‘highly encouraging’, with potential for further results at areas that have note been drill tested. Managing Director Warren Thorne added: “The encouraging Au and As anomaly along the Quail and Wren Trend opens up a parallel trend of mineralisation to the main Joyners Find mineralised trend. Historic drilling results confirm the associated Au and As rock-chip anomaly at Wren and provides strong evidence that mineralisation is open to the north and south and is untested by drilling.”
The company is currently awaiting final interpretation of its sub-audio magnetics survey covering both the Quail and Wren prospects, due in early October, while additional fieldwork to the south and north of Quail and Wren respectively continues to define gold targets for future drilling.
Gold Duke contains a combined JORC-2012 mineral resource estimate of 4,570,000 tonnes @ 2.0 g/t Au for 293,000 oz of contained gold.
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