eMetals is getting ready to start sniffing for REEs right next door to Dreadnought
With demand for rare earths continuing to grow, eMetals is poised to start much anticipated field activities at its Willi Creek project in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region.
The anticipation is easily explained by the project being immediately adjacent to Dreadnought Resources’ Mangaroon project where recent drilling intersected thick REE mineralisation hosted in ironstones.
Willie Creek itself has over 20km of prospective strike identified in close spatial association to a highly radiometric granitoid coincident with an extensive north-south trending fault and prominent outcropping vein structures of iron enrichment.
Additionally, eMetals (ASX:EMT) has interpreted the geological setting of the older Moorarie Suite metagranite gneiss to be a similar geological setting to the Hasting Technology Metals Limited Yangibana deposits and Dreadnought’s REE discoveries.
To progress its exploration activities, the company has also appointed Simon Coxhell as its technical consultant.
Coxhell had served as geological consultant for Hastings Technology Metals between 2011-2016 and was responsible for the Simon’s Find deposit that comprises part of the Yangiobana resource.
“We are excited to soon commence field activities at the highly prospective Willi Creek project and are delighted to have secured the technical services of Simon as Technical Consultant which we view as a strong endorsement of the project potential and prospectivity,” executive director Mathew Walker said.
“Simon has an intimate knowledge of the region and in particular Yangibana style REE deposits having served as a geological consultant for Hastings Technology Metals Limited for 5 years and is credited with the discovery of the Simon’s Find deposit that now forms part of the Yangibana mineral resource.”
eMetals first pegged the Willi Creek project in 2021 based on its very close spatial association to a large granitoid that covers about 50km2 and is one of the most radiometric granitoids in the Gascoyne region.
REE mineralisation associated with the granitoid may include typical late-stage mineralising effects such as pegmatites, proximal alteration, or alteration of reactive mineralogies in associated rocks and contact zones.
The company believes that internal pegmatites, or late-stage differentiated phases such as aplites, porphyry dykes, or veins, could exist in the eastern half of the granitoid where broad areas of white rocks occur, with some fairly prominent outcrops.
It adds that an extensive north-south trending fault cutting through older Moorarie Suite metagranite gneiss is associated with a prominent iron enrichment that is semi-coincident with regional thorium enrichments.
Heritage surveys will start in October to allow for a comprehensive exploration program to proceed.
This article was developed in collaboration with eMetals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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