West Australian gold explorer Aruma Resources has scheduled 2500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at its Jundee South project following promising initial exploration efforts. The aim of the program is to define a JORC-compliant resource.
Jundee South is one of three advanced exploration projects owned by Aruma in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields with others being Glandore and Gindalbie. The company’s exploration program at these projects has been designed to prioritize scheduled drilling of defined targets to advance to resources.
Jundee South is 60km east of Wiluna and 25km south of the Jundee Mine. Aruma’s 2011-2012 drill programs consisted of 2562 metres of RAB in 75 vertical drill holes following up previously identified soil anomalies that had not been drilled. One soil sample result produced a 16.5 grams/tonne gold value in the area near the current Western Area of mineralization.
The West North West trending lineaments reflect the structures that control mineralization at the nearby Gourdis and Vause deposits. The complete tenement area has been evaluated again using geochemistry, structure and the HyMap/Magnetics in light of this discovery. The focus in the short term is to investigate bedrock mineralization at the Western Area to evaluate the thick and high grade mineralization reported previously.
Re-splits have extended the mineralized Western Area at Jundee South to a defined 400 by 100 metre area and this is being RC drilled. The high grade thick zones are in a 40 metre-wide by 100 metre-long initial target. They have also confirmed the thick nature of the mineralization, and this together with the high grades encountered are considered encouraging. This highly mineralized area is within a 1500 metre-long trend ready to be RC drilled now that the program of work has been approved.
There are three types of targets at Jundee South: Resource targets in the RAB anomaly area; follow-up targets under drilling, HyMap and geochemical anomalies; and regional HyMap and structural targets.
Meanwhile, the culmination of two years’ scientific study at Glandore will also see RC drilling of the two western Fluid Flow Targets. Drilling will occur once the area has become accessible after the unseasonal rains in December. Recent exploration at Gindalbie has involved an RAB and geochemical orientation program over the Lady Lauren prospect, which has been defined by rock chip samples and the reinterpretation of HyMap.