Great Western Exploration has started drilling the previously undrilled and laterally extensive Ultrafine+ soil anomaly at its Firebird Gold Project in a Tier 1 mining jurisdiction in Western Australia.

Aircore and slimline reverse circulation drilling will be used as a cost-effective alternative to conventional RC drilling for first pass drilling over the 3.7km by 450m wide anomaly that is hosted within Archean Greenstone and is interpreted to represent a significant opportunity for a discovery to be made.

Great Western Exploration (ASX:GTE) will carry out up to 3,300m of drilling to define gold mineralisation for targeted follow-up RC drill testing.

The Ultrafine+ anomaly was defined by soil sampling which found that it follows a northwest trend, consistent with government geological mapping of the Youanmi Greenstone Terrain.

Interpretation of magnetic and gravity data found gold anomalism aligned with discrete magnetic trends, potentially indicative of an individual volcanic rock unit within the greenstone package.

This unit may be preferentially gold mineralised, with a higher tenor zone within the broad anomalism aligning well with this subtle elevated zone of magnetism.

The company has interpreted this anomalism to be coincident with the subtle magnetic trends, which is expected to significantly enhance exploration targeting and potentially fast-track a new gold discovery.

Firebird project

The broader Firebird project is located within the Youanmi Greenstone Belt and about 2.5km west of Western Gold’s Gold Duke project, which contains several JORC 2012 resources.

It comprises the company’s wholly-owned ground and the adjacent Joyner’s Project JV, where Great Western can earn 80% from Jindalee Resources.

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

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