Ardea Resources has again struck gold at Goongarrie in WA, with the company’s recent Bardoc Tectonic Zone nickel and gold studies now paying dividends. Drilling at the company’s Lady Charlotte discovery has returned wide-intercepts of high-grade mineralisation including 12 metres at 5.2 grams per tonne gold, which includes 2m at 15.2 g/t gold from only 42m down-hole.
The company’s ongoing success at Goongarrie, just 60km north of Kalgoorlie, comes hot on the heels of a recent collaborative study between Ardea and the CSIRO that delivered new targeting tools for the innovative explorer. The geophysical and geochemical tools are helping Ardea see through nickel-rich laterites that blanket the region and target potential underlying gold and nickel sulphide mineralisation.
The CSIRO collaboration also developed a host of drill targets across the Goongarrie nickel-cobalt project, or “GNCP” that appear to be associated with a deeper structural framework in the region – Lady Charlotte being one of the priority targets.
Analysis of the recent drilling at Lady Charlotte shows that whilst the mineralisation sits in a gentle dipping, weathered lode, the presence of quartz veining in the drill spoil might point to a deeper, higher-grade source at depth.
Additional intercepts from the recent drilling program include 8m at 4.06 g/t gold from 54m down-hole.
The company now wants to drill to the west to test for potential down-dip extensions of the mineralised system.
Ardea continues to reveal the gold potential of the GNCP. Through years of exploration, resource definition and now with a pathway toward development, the nickel pedigree of the GNCP has never been in doubt. However, the historic focus on nickel means that gold did not receive the attention that it deserved.
The Ardea team is awaiting assay results from other gold targets recently drilled within the GNCP infrastructure sites and will provide updates on these, as information and interpretation becomes available.
The company’s Goongarrie nickel-cobalt project forms part of Ardea’s extensive ground holdings north of Kalgoorlie, which cover more than 65km of strike across the fertile Bardoc Tectonic Zone, or “BTZ”.
The BTZ stretches from the Paddington gold mine in the south to the historical mining centre of Menzies in the north and hosts a number of discoveries that tip the scales at more than a million ounces. Standout known gold deposits include Bardoc Gold’s Excelsior-Zoroastrian deposits to the south of Goongarrie and the 1.66 million-ounce Aphrodite deposit to the north.
Ardea’s historical focus at Goongarrie was on the surface laterite, which hosts more than 40 million tonnes of nickel and cobalt reserves grading at 0.82 per cent nickel and 0.09 per cent cobalt. However, a detailed review of the company’s tenure across the Eastern Goldfields in Western Australia in 2020 quickly lifted the lid on its gold potential, particularly within the BTZ.
The company’s recent gold exploration through the Goongarrie area has resulted in a slew of discoveries, including the Lily Albany, Zeus and Big Four prospects, with targets now extending along more than 20km of strike.
Whilst Ardea’s drilling at Lady Charlotte continues to turn up paydirt, the company has flagged an ongoing flow of results in the weeks ahead, having also recently completed reverse circulation drilling across the Lily Albany, Zeus, and extensive Goongarrie West prospects.
Maiden aircore drilling programs across the BD-X3 and X4 gold targets may also bring home the chocolates as the company looks to breathe new life into the historic gold mining centre at Goongarrie.
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