Zenith Minerals (ASX:ZNC) has provided an update on the company’s current drilling program at its wholly-owned Split Rocks project in WA. RC drilling has confirmed the presence of thick pegmatite bodies, with assay results on the way. New lithium soil anomalies have been defined in first pass reconnaissance sampling in the eastern portion of the project area. RAB drilling of lithium soil anomalies in the western portion was abandoned due to heavy rainfall.
- RC drill testing of the Dulcie lithium pegmatite target has been completed, confirming the presence of thick pegmatite bodies (up to 77m downhole widths) – assay results for 6 RC drill holes are awaited;
- 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 has been postponed due to heavy persistent rainfall in the region, only 1 drill line of 6 holes has been completed to date – assay results awaited;
- Drill testing extension targets of high-grade near surface cobalt-nickel-scandium mineralisation at Dulcie has been completed – assay results for 64 aircore drill holes are awaited; and
- Drill testing the Dulcie gold target southern extents has been completed – assay results for 64 aircore drill holes are awaited; and
- New lithium soil anomalies with results up to 134ppm lithium have been defined in first pass reconnaissance sampling in the eastern portion of the Split Rocks project area.
Zenith Minerals Limited (“Zenith” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the drilling program detailed in the ASX Release dated 5th June 2018 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.
An earlier drill program conducted in March 2018 testing the Dulcie prospect (one small area of Zenith’s 500sqkm Split Rocks project) returned significant lithium, nickel-cobalt-scandium and gold drill results (ASX Release 12th Apr 2018). Encouraged by those initial drill results Zenith embarked on a large multifaceted follow-up drill campaign as detailed in ASX Release 5th June 2018. As part of that follow-up program an RC drill rig was used to drill 6 holes to test the Dulcie lithium pegmatite target where highly weathered yet strongly anomalous lithium bearing pegmatites, containing up to 0.12% Li2O at end of hole over a strike length of 950m (ASX Release 27th Apr 2018) were identified. Based on logged geology, the program has reinforced Zenith’s interpretation of at least two thick (up to 77m downhole widths) flat lying pegmatite sills – assay results are awaited.
RAB drilling of lithium soil anomalies in the western portion of the Split Rocks project was abandoned after only one line of drilling (6 holes) due to heavy rainfall, along with the planned 2 RC hole follow-up of the high-grade Dulcie gold results. A more mobile aircore rig was successful in completing a dual purpose program of 64 step-out drill holes testing for cobalt-nickel-scandium and gold, south along strike from the high-grade zones intersected in the maiden drill program, assay results from the step-out drill program are awaited.
New lithium soil anomalies have been defined in first pass reconnaissance sampling in the eastern portion of the Split Rocks project area (Figure 1). Wide spaced sampling on 400m spaced lines west of the Dulcie pegmatite drill target area returned results up to 134ppm lithium (Figure 1). The samples within these eastern soil anomalies also contain coincident anomalous beryllium (up to 3ppm Be) and variably anomalous niobium (up to 8.8ppm), caesium (up to 6ppm Cs), tin (up to 4ppm Sn) and tantalum (up to 2ppm Ta). Gaps in the sample lines account for small creeks and drainages where suitable sample media is not available. Field mapping and infill sampling is planned.