With recent drilling returning high-grade gold intercepts at Southern Star, it is unsurprising that Great Southern is now sinking more drill holes to better understand the deposit.

Previous reverse circulation drilling at the deposit had hit thick intercepts of gold such as 68m at 1.9 grams per tonne (g/t) from a depth of 61m and along with a 59m intersection grading 2.1g/t gold from 53m. These confirm its depth potential remained open.

GSN shares received a boost when high-grade gold was discovered 200m to the south of the previously known extent of mineralisation in October this year with an intercept of 17m @ 7g/t Au including 1m @ 109g/t Au.

Great Southern Mining (ASX:GSN) is now drilling two diamond holes to a depth of 160m to increase its geological understanding – including the orientation of structures controlling the gold mineralisation – of Southern Star.

The first hole is being drilled between the 68m at 1.9g/t and 59m at 2.1g/t intercepts while the second will be drilled in the new southern high-grade discovery zone.

“The diamond drill holes presently being drilled at Southern Star will give us the first detailed look at the gold mineralisation and associated geology at Southern Star,” chief executive officer Sean Gregory said.

“As the hole locations are adjacent to our recent thick high-grade RC intercepts, we are eagerly anticipating some interesting geology.

“We expect that this program will aid in all future work at Southern Star including refining our targeting for extensional RC drilling planned early next year.”

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Great Southern diamond drilling. Pic: Supplied


Southern Star

Since confirming the presence of gold at Southern Star in August with the 59m at 2.1g/t intercept, the company has carried out 4,656m of drilling to find out more about the deposit within its +450sqkm Duketon project within the rich Duketon greenstone belt in Western Australia.

The results have been inspiring to say the least, with multiple thick intercepts of gold featuring exciting high-grade zones indicating the company is onto a winner.

Mineralisation is known to be open to the north and at depth while the recent intercept to the south suggests the same is true in that direction as well.

Along with other notable prospects such as Amy Clarke, just 3km from Regis’ recently exhausted 322,000oz Erlistoun open pit gold mine and the subject of the first of a series of aircore drill programs across the project, the Duketon project is rapidly shaping up to be a significant gold play to watch for in 2022.

This article was developed in collaboration with Great Southern Mining, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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