DUKETON - Western Australia
Nickel, Copper, Gold and Platinum Group Elements
Falcon 20%, Regis 80%
The North Duketon Project (E38/1939, P38/3358-3363. 33/3375, 38/3566-3568) comprises a large area of about 100 square kilometres within the Duketon greenstone belt, located directly south of the Collurabbie project area (Figure 1). The Duketon project area (E38/2005, M38/1091) lies immediately north of the regionally significant Moolart Well gold resource (2.22M Oz).
Exploration during the year focussed on infill aircore drilling, geological mapping and examination and re-interpretation of past exploration work.
Drilling continued to test the Western Ultramafic Zone (WUZ) in areas with anomalous Ni-Cu-PGE geochemistry and to more accurately define the location of the prospective basal contact. In total, 153 aircore holes were drilled for 11,346m on 100m fences across the WUZ. Several Ni-Cu-PGE prospects have now been delineated by this work and better results are provided in Figure 4 and Table 2 below.
Drilling to date has intersected promising Ni-Cu-PGE mineralisation within the weathering zone (top 100m) and deeper RC drilling is planned for later in 2009/2010 to test for primary massive nickel sulphide mineralisation associated with fresh rocks along the mafic-ultramafic contact.
: Interpreted geology of
Duketon JV Project
with better nickel intercepts
Significant Drill Results from the North Duketon Project
A complete re-interpretation of the distribution of gold mineralisation north of Moolart Well was also undertaken during the year. Bottom-of-hole samples for all of the Duketon Project drilling were examined in order to better interpret the magnetic data. This study has identified several opportunities for further drilling to test for northern extensions of the Moolart Well gold deposit. This work is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2009.
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