A swarm of pegmatites are engulfing Kairos Minerals’ lithium-caesium-tantalum target at Wodgina
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Kairos says mapping and rock chip sampling has confirmed extensive pegmatite outcrops at the Wodgina Project, as previously outlined by Ultrafine+™ analysis.
Kairos Minerals reports “an extensive swarm” of pegmatites within the lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) target, less than 3km from the world-class Wodgina Lithium Mine near Port Hedland in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
Two prominent pegmatite outcrops have been mapped near the western end of the delineated LCT anomaly, where soil sampling has returned peak assays for lithium up to 238ppm, caesium up to 293ppm, and rubidium up to 582ppm.
The outcrops have big form in Wodgina, Kairos (ASX:KAI) has already mapped pegmatites near the eastern end of the LCT anomaly, where a historical rock chip sample returned a whopping 1.6% lithium oxide.
A total of 15 pegmatites were collected over the LCT anomaly and have been submitted for analysis ahead of results expected early next year.
KAI executive chairman Terry Topping said when it comes to lithium exploration, you don’t get a much better address than the Wodgina Project – which sits between the world-class Wodgina Lithium Mine, owned by Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) and the Pilgangoora Project, owned by Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS).
“These are two of only a handful of genuinely Tier-1 hard rock lithium deposits in Australia, indeed the world – so this is elephant county in terms of its potential for world-class spodumene deposits.
“It is in this context that our early-stage exploration results should be seen.”
Topping said a recent high-resolution drone survey solidified the scale and potential of this pegmatite swarm, reinforcing the project as an important focus for exploration activities in the Pilbara next year.
“We are eagerly awaiting the assays from the rock chip samples, which should be available by late January or early February next year,” he said.
Once the results are in, Topping has Kairos set to expedite the heritage approvals process and lock in drilling clearances.
On another note, KAI has received all the remaining results from a geochemical sampling program conducted at the Wodgina project.
This complete data analysis has confirmed the previously announced LCT targets, where a total of 1,517 soil samples were collected at a 200m x 100m spacing and submitted for Ultrafine+™ analysis at the Labwest Laboratory in Perth.
Kairos says preliminary results from this program have marked a 1.7km long target area defined by coherent and robust LCT anomalies, with values of up to 238ppm lithium, 293ppm caesium, 582ppm rubidium, and 78ppb tantalum.
Coincident levels of arsenic, indium, thallium, and tungsten were also returned.
Drilling contractor Bostech has completed a 56-hole 2,056m program at the Kangan project, which was designed to follow up the anomalous results for gold and lithium returned during the first phase.
Kairos is now awaiting:
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