Apollo drilling suggests Dikaki’s zinc-lead system could be a monster
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Support continues to grow for the Dikaki prospect at Apollo’s Kroussou project to host a large-scale mineralised system amenable to open pit mining.
Results from a further 14 diamond holes at the Dikaki and Bouambo prospects demonstrated the potential for the eastern and central Dikaki zones to merge. Drilling returned significant shallow intercepts including 6.2m grading 5.3% zinc+lead from a depth of just 47.1m.
Notably for Apollo Minerals (ASX:AON), the new drill holes returned up to seven times higher endowment when compared to the insufficiently sampled nearby historical drilling, which highlights the strong upside potential of the whole Dikaki system.
The results continue to support the potential for a large-scale, shallow, flat-lying, broad mineralised system with possible continuity across multiple zones, which could allow simple open pit mining extraction.
Adding further interest, Dikaki and Bouambo are just two of the 18 highly prospective prospects at the province-scale Kroussou lead-zinc project in Gabon.
“The latest results at Dikaki demonstrate the strong potential for both the linking of the eastern and central mineralised zones and for the mineralisation to extend across the whole channel width,” executive director Neil Inwood.
“The assay results also highlight the significant upside potential in the system, where modern drilling is demonstrating significantly more mineralisation than the historical BRGM drilling (locally up to 700% more).
“Our maiden drill campaign at Dikaki is continuing to demonstrate the developing potential for a large and shallow channel of mineralisation averaging 420m in width and up to 6km in strike that could be amenable to simple low-cost open pit mining.”
Results are pending for a further 11 holes completed at Dikaki, and additional holes from the ongoing drilling at the Niamabimbou prospect while diamond rigs are expected to shortly move back to Dikaki to test the central to eastern zone linkage.
Dikaki hosts a channel-wide system that is untested by modern drilling along the trend of more than 8km and an average channel width of 420m.
Average depth to mineralisation is less than 10m for reported main zones of mineralisation.
Other notable assays from the most recent batch of drill results include 5m at 5% zinc+lead from 1.2m within a broader 18.9m zone grading 2.2% zinc+lead from 1.2m and two zones of 4.9m at 3.2% lead+zinc from 37.8m and 6.4m at 2.9% zinc+lead from 48.2m within a 17.3 intersection at 2.4% lead+zinc from 37.2m.
This article was developed in collaboration with Apollo Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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