Azure Minerals Limited (ASX: AZS) has commenced its maiden drilling programme at the Barton Gold Project, located in the world-class Leonora-Laverton gold province of Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields.
The initial 3,000m Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling programme will target extensions of Genesis Minerals’ new gold discovery at Puzzle North.
Azure also revealed that diamond drilling has restarted on its flagship Andover Nickel-Copper Project, located in the West Pilbara region of WA, following the Christmas break.
Barton Gold Project
Azure holds 100% ownership of a large strategic landholding (see Figure 1) in the gold-rich Kookynie Gold District.
This sizeable land package hosts numerous prospective, yet under-explored mineralised trends covering greenstone belts, adjacent granite margins and favourable structural settings that are considered highly prospective for hosting significant gold mineralisation.
Barton is adjacent to several growing gold deposits and significant gold projects, including:
• Genesis Minerals Ltd (ASX: GMD): Ulysses Gold Project (1,608,000oz gold resource);
• Genesis’ Puzzle North gold discovery which adjoins Azure’s southern tenement boundary; and
• Saturn Metals Ltd (ASX: STN): Apollo Hill Gold Project (944,000oz gold resource).
Azure’s first drill programme at Barton has started with 3,000m of RC drilling following up historical gold intersections at Daisy Corner and testing for northern extensions of the gold mineralisation drilled by Genesis Minerals at Puzzle North.
Multiple holes drilled by previous explorers at Daisy Corner intersected anomalous gold mineralisation in mafic rocks to the east of the granite-greenstone contact, with a best result of 7m @ 1.26g/t Au from 42m in hole YAB13. This drilling was restricted to the mafic rocks with no drill holes testing the potentially mineralised granite to the west of the granite-greenstone contact.
Azure’s initial 20 hole / 3,000m RC drilling programme is focused on testing along-strike extensions of the Puzzle North granite-hosted gold mineralisation, with the first holes collared immediately to the north of the Azure-Genesis tenement boundary.
Following the initial RC drilling at Daisy Corner, Azure will then undertake an aircore drilling programme on E40/393 to test under the extensive soil cover for structurally-controlled, bedrock-hosted gold mineralisation associated with cross-cutting shears and fault zones identified by the aeromagnetic survey.
Importantly, extensions of some of these structures host significant gold mineralisation on neighbouring properties, which augurs well for Azure’s exploration.
For further information please visit: https://azureminerals.com.au/