THE DRILL SERGEANT: Encounter Resources (ASX: ENR) reported on recent drilling activities undertaken at the Afghan and Mojave prospects in the Tanami region of Western Australia with Joint Venture partner Newcrest Mining.
Encounter Resources said the drilling had identified bedrock gold mineralisation and geological controls at both prospects with the mineralisation hosted by structures developed within folded dolerite units, which are a favourable host for orogenic gold mineralisation.
The company indicated it had been encouraged by the results achieved at the Mojave prospect where a hinge zone of the interpreted antiform is untested along strike.
Encounter considers such positions represent a key target for large zones of gold mineralisation in the Tanami, making it a high-quality target for future drilling.
One section of three RC drill holes was completed at Mojave, intersecting multiple, broad zones of bedrock gold mineralisation, including:
16 metres at 0.27 grams per tonne gold from 36m;
4m at 0.25g/t gold from 56m;
6m at 0.47g/t gold from 66m;
8m at 0.3g/t gold from 76m;
10m at 0.69g/t gold from 228m; and
10m at 0.38g/t gold from 256m.
4m at 0.7g/t gold from 20m;
4m at 0.28g/t gold from 124m;
6m at 0.53g/t gold from 174m;
4m at 0.38g/t gold from 196m; and
10m at 0.34g/t gold from 210m.
Results from an eight-hole broad-spaced RC drill program at Afghan confirmed gold mineralisation over a two-kilometre zone including:
10m at 1.6g/t gold from 4m, including 6m at 2.5g/t gold from 6m;
2m at 2g/t gold from 40m and 2m at 3.5g/t gold from 136m; and
24m at 0.32g/t gold from 102m.
“The first pass RC drilling at the Afghan and Mojave prospects in the Tanami has confirmed historical near surface gold and intersected new zones of gold anomalism within tightly folded dolerite bedrock,” Encounter Resources managing director Will Robinson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“The level of bedrock gold anomalism at Mojave potentially represents a halo to a higher-grade, orogenic gold deposit and the primary structural target located south-east remains open and untested.”