Gold and base metals explorer Zenith Minerals Ltd (ASX: ZNC) has announced the intersection of massive copper-zinc sulphides at both the Wilsons North and Snook prospects, key regional targets under initial evaluation that form part of the company’s 100% owned Develin Creek copper-zinc project in Queensland.
At Wilsons North, the first hole of the maiden drill program intersected 2m of massive copper sulphides returning 0.8% copper, with follow-up holes intersecting a total of 7m of massive to semi-massive sulphides. Assays are pending with mineralisation remaining open to the north and east.
Drilling has continued to intersect additional massive copper-zinc sulphides at the Snook prospect to extend the mineralised footprint to a length of 150m, with mineralisation remaining open along strike to the south. New 1m assays for hole 017 at Snook returned high-tenor results of 2m at 2.0% copper, 3.4% zinc, 0.6% lead, 77 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold.
The Sulphide City resource update drilling program continued to intersect wide high-grade massive copper-zinc sulphide zones. In total, 12 holes were drilled at Sulphide City (assays are awaited for four holes) while six holes were drilled at Scorpion (assays pending). New results at Sulphide City include:
- 12m at 2.6% copper, 5.2% zinc, 73 g/t silver and 1.4 g/t gold (ZSCRC003); and
- 12m at 1.5% copper, 0.5% zinc, 3.6 g/t silver and 0.2 g/t gold and 16m at 1.7% copper, 3.4 g/t silver and 0.1 g/t gold (ZSCRC004), part of a 72m wide massive sulphide zone comprised of 28m of massive copper-zinc sulphides and 44m of massive pyrite, ending in massive pyrite (diamond tail planned 2022).
“I am very pleased to provide an update on the 2021 drilling campaign at our Develin Creek project in Queensland. Discovering a new zone of massive copper sulphide at the Wilsons North prospect and extending the strike of the high-tenor massive copper-zinc sulphide zone at Snook, is a great success and a testament to the perseverance of our exploration teams. Both mineralised zones remain open ended and will be the subject of follow-up drilling programs in the first calendar quarter 2022,” chief executive Michael Clifford said.
“We were unable to complete the planned drill programs at Develin Creek, specifically the Sulphide City resource update/twin hole program and testing targets surrounding the resource area, due to flooding associated with multiple high-rainfall events that occurred late in the year.
“I look forward to getting the drill rigs back again next year to follow-up on these exciting new developments at Develin Creek.”