Kairos Minerals Ltd (ASX: KAI) has identified extensive new Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum (LCT) targets at its 100%-owned Wodgina Project, located 90km south of Port Hedland in Western Australia.
The targets were identified following receipt of partial results from a recent successful geochemical sampling programme, where 1,517 soil samples were collected at 200m x 100m spacing and submitted for Ultrafine+ analysis at the Labwest Laboratory in Perth. Kairos has received results for 837 samples to date.
Two high-priority LCT targets are located less than three km from the Wodgina Lithium Mine, owned by Mineral Resources and Albemarle Corporation. The mine is set to recommence spodumene concentrate production during the third quarter of 2022,
Further information on these initial targets:
A new 1.7km long target area was defined by coherent and robust LCT anomalies, with values of up to 238ppm Li, 293ppm Cs and 78ppb Ta returned from Ultrafine+TM soil analysis with coincident elevated rubidium, indium and tungsten. Samples from this target area returned the highest values for lithium, caesium, rubidium and tungsten of all the samples results received to date.
A historical rock chip sample collected at the eastern end of this target area returned an assay result of 1.6% Li2O where pegmatites have been previously mapped.
This target area is defined by coincident lithium, tantalum and rubidium anomalies. Analysis of aerial images indicate the possible presence of pegmatites in the area, and a field reconnaissance trip is planned for when all the results from this geochemistry program are received.
“We always had high hopes for the lithium prospectivity of our Wodgina Project given its location immediately adjacent to one of the world’s most significant lithium mines, which is set to restart production next year. I think it’s fair to say these early results utilising the state-of-the-art Ultrafine+ soil sampling methodology have exceeded our expectations,” Executive Chairman, Terry Topping, said.
“With results received for around two-thirds of the program, we have been able to delineate two large lithium- caesium-tantalum (LCT) targets, one of which extends over a strike length of some 1.7km and is supported by the presence of mapped pegmatites and high-grade spodumene rock chip samples.
“These are outstanding targets for lithium exploration and will now be prioritised as part of our broader ongoing exploration efforts in the Pilbara. We are still awaiting results from around a third of the samples and, once we have received and analysed these, we will start an extensive mapping and rock chip program to further refine the targets and identify potential drilling locations for next year.
“This adds another exciting dimension to our Pilbara exploration portfolio in the shape of an advanced lithium exploration opportunity in a Tier-1 district to our existing gold exploration projects at the 873,500oz Mt York Project and more broadly across the Pilbara Gold Project, where we are targeting Hemi-style mineralisation.”
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