Novo Resources Corp. (TSX: NVO) has kicked of a 15,000m RC drill programme focussing on oxide opportunities at its highly prospective Nullagine Gold Project (NGP) in Western Australia.
The Parnell and Vulture RC programmes are part of the NGP exploration programme ramp-up, with forward programmes currently being generated at several priority basement targets.
The main mineralised trend at Parnell is mostly untested with modern RC drilling, with only few and sporadic lines of shallow holes completed in the 1980s and 1990. In 1987, Chase Minerals NL drilled 25 shallow RC holes totalling 1,098m, and in 1995, Welcome Stranger Mining Company NL drilled a further 11 RC holes for 420m
Targeting directly in and around small historical workings, these operators returned grades including:
- 12 m at 14.6 g/t gold from 40m
- 9 m at 8.4 g/t gold from 7.0m
- 7 m at 6.1 g/t gold from 40m
These results are not necessarily representative of mineralisation throughout the district. This historical data was disclosed in annual exploration reports filed by Chase and Welcome Stranger with the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS).
Novo conducted detailed mapping and gridded soil sampling to determine mineralisation potential at the Parnell and Vulture prospects, but has not conducted sufficient work to validate all historic data.
A series of robust, coherent gold anomalies returned from soil sampling2 confirmed targets highlighted during the June mapping programme, peaking at 7.8 g/t Au. Significant rock chip samples (up to 14.6 g/t Au) were also returned from both Parnell and Vulture, again highlighting the presence of high-grade gold targets, and further confirming the prospectivity of this area.
Parnell comprises high grade veins in a 1.0m to 5.0m wide shear zone trending approximately east – west. The south dipping zone of shearing is intruded by two porphyry dykes with the best zone of quartz veining in the footwall of the main 6.0m wide porphyry dyke.
Gold mineralisation dips south at steep to moderate angles. Sandstone and interbedded siltstone-sandstone sequences adjacent to the main shear are extremely bleached in the weathering profile, indicating likely sericite alteration of the original rock. Alteration is up to 50m wide.
Drill targets focus on the main mineralised shear zone, as well as vein swarms to the north and south of the main shear zone.
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