Zenith Minerals (ASX:ZNC) has recommenced drilling at its wholly-owned Split Rocks project in WA. Zenith started exploration at the project last year with active, ongoing programs focusing on the lithium, nickel-cobalt as well as the gold potential. A recent drill program testing at the Dulcie prospect returned significant lithium, nickel-cobalt-scandium and gold drill results. Zenith has now embarked on a large multi-faceted follow-up drilling campaign.
A two rig drill campaign (RC and RAB/AC) has commenced at Zenith’s 100% owned Split Rocks project in Western Australia, with 4 key aims:
- RC drill testing of the new Dulcie lithium pegmatite target, where several recent shallow aircore drill holes ended in thick, weathered, lithium enriched pegmatite containing up to 0.12%Li2O at end of hole;
- First pass reconnaissance RAB drill testing of four large scale lithium soil geochemical anomalies generated by Zenith’s surface geochemical sampling in the western portion of the Split Rocks project area;
- Testing extension targets of high-grade near surface cobalt-nickel-scandium mineralisation at Dulcie. New 1m re-split samples from the maiden aircore drill program include: 11m @ 0.21% cobalt and 1.49% nickel and 8m @ 0.13% cobalt and 0.96% nickel, whilst high-grade scandium occurs from surface on the southernmost drill line, new 1m re-split assay results include: 3m @ 218ppm and 4m @ 172 ppm scandium both from surface; and
- Drill testing the Dulcie gold target southern extents where new 1m re-split samples have returned high-grade intervals including: 2m @ 6.54g/t gold (end of hole) and 5m @ 2.51 g/t gold including 1m @ 8.79 g/t gold..
Zenith Minerals Limited (“Zenith” or “the Company”) is very pleased to advise that drilling has recommenced at the Company’s 100% owned Split Rocks project in Western Australia. Zenith started exploration of the Split Rocks project in 2017 with active, ongoing programs focusing on the lithium, nickel-cobalt as well as the gold potential. A recent drill program testing at the Dulcie prospect (one small area of Zenith’s 500sqkm Split Rocks project) returned significant lithium, nickel-cobaltscandium and gold drill results (ASX Release 12th Apr 2018).
Encouraged by the initial drill results of that first program and the recently received 1m re-split assays that have upgraded the mineralised intervals, Zenith has now embarked on a large multifaceted follow-up drill campaign. An RC drill rig will be used to drill test the Dulcie lithium pegmatite target and to follow-up the high-grade gold results, whilst a more mobile aircore rig will conduct a dual purpose program of step-out drill testing for cobalt-nickel-scandium and gold, along strike from the highgrade zones intersected in the maiden drill program. RAB drilling will be used to conduct a first pass drill test of four large scale lithium soil geochemical anomalies located in the western portion of the project area.
The maiden drill program at Dulcie was successful in intersecting highly weathered yet strongly anomalous lithium bearing pegmatites, containing up to 0.12% Li2O at end of hole (the limit of aircore rig capacity) over a strike length of 950m (ASX Release 27th Apr 2018). These newly identified pegmatites within Zenith’s tenure are considered significant being located north along strike of Kidman Resources Limited (ASX:KDR/SQM) Earl Grey lithium pegmatite deposit containing 189Mt @ 1.50% Li2O (KDR ASX Release 19th Mar 2018) Figure 1. An RC drill program of an initial 7 holes along 800m of strike and 200m of width has now commenced, designed to test Zenith’s interpretation of two thick, flat lying, north dipping lithium bearing pegmatite sills to depths of up to 225m (Figures 2 & 3).