5,100m Drilling Programme Underway In Nevada
Anova Metals Limited (ASX: AWV) has commenced the 2021 RC drilling programme at its 100%-owned Big Springs Gold Project in Nevada, USA.
With a planned total of 5,100 metres (across 26 holes), this programme is a combination of resource extensional drilling plus testing of four new district-level targets identified from the comprehensive targeting study undertaken across Big Springs earlier this year.
Outstanding results received during the 2020 drilling programme at South Sammy and North Sammy included 5.49m @ 15.23g/t at the North Shoot and 10.85m @ 3.96g/t at the 401 deposit.
The 2021 programme is set to test the high grade gold mineralisation at both the new footwall lode discovery at the North Shoot and further depth extension of the 401 deposit.
Four of the district targets within the current mining permitted area are also set to be tested. The remaining highly ranked targets identified in the targeting study are planned to be explored by drilling programs in following years upon the expanded Plan of Operation (POO) being approved.
Two of the district targets to be tested in the current program are along the Beadles Creek Fault connecting the Beadles Creek and South Sammy deposits. Six drill sections spaced approximately 100 metres apart have been designed to test these targets. Historical drilling returned encouraging results such as 19.8m @ 3.1g/t Au and 10.7m @ 3.4g/t Au.
The 2021 drilling programme will be the first to test this area in the last 20 years and is targeting a ‘repeat’ of the high-grade mineralisation identified at Beadles Creek.
The third district-level target to be tested lies between the Crusher Zone and Briens Fault Zone. Mapping conducted in 2021 identified gold mineralisation related alteration such as jarosite alteration and FeOx alteration.
Gravity data processing indicates a significant structural intersection in the vicinity of the favourable gold host-rock, Unit D, located south of the Crusher Zone. In a similar geological setting, the Crusher Zone deposit is characterised by drill-intervals of 12.19m @ 17.87g/t Au and 10.67m @ 11.93g/t Au. This target has not been previously tested by drilling.
The fourth district-level target to be tested is eastward from the Beadles Creek deposit approximately 400 metres along the west-east oriented structure, which is interpreted via the gravity map as being intersected with a north-west directed structure.
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