Chalice grows most exciting target

Initial ground exploration in the Julimar State Forest, immediately north of Chalice Mining’s Gonneville PGE-nickel-copper discovery, has defined new electromagnetic conductors (reports MiningNews).
26th March 2021
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Initial ground exploration in the Julimar State Forest, immediately north of Chalice Mining’s Gonneville PGE-nickel-copper discovery, has defined new electromagnetic conductors (reports MiningNews).

The 6.5km-long Hartog electromagnetic anomaly was discovered in September last year using airborne EM, but approval from the Western Australian government to explore in the forest was only received in January.

A first-pass ground moving loop EM survey at Hartog defined a cluster of 29 low to moderate conductance, mid to late-time bedrock EM conductors, interpreted to be potentially significant nickel-copper-PGE targets.

The conductors are of similar aerial extent and range of conductance to those seen at the Gonneville discovery, immediately to the south.

Most of the conductors occur within a 6.5km-long, 1-2km-wide corridor directly north of Gonneville, though four conductors, Hartog East 1-4, sit to the north and north-east of the main corridor and appear to define a new trend.

Initial soil sampling outlined several areas of moderately anomalous nickel, copper and/or palladium, both coincident with, and proximal to the new conductors.

Chalice managing director Alex Dorsch described the results as exciting.

"The identification of discrete EM conductors together with extensive nickel-copper soil anomalies highlights the significant potential of this area to deliver further growth at Julimar directly along strike to the north of where we have a major resource drill-out underway," he said.

"Soil sampling and ground EM at Gonneville guided us to the initial discovery and we are very encouraged to see similar early results at Hartog.

"We are also pleased that our first regional field exploration program has validated the results generated by the airborne EM survey flown last year, which is a positive sign for our ongoing exploration of the broader district."

Chalice hopes to get approval to drill in the forest in the September quarter.

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