There may not be life on Mars, but there could be copper and gold on the Mars Dome.

Located in the Bryah Basin, one of WA’s most prospective geological domains for copper and gold VMS deposits, that is where Bryah Resources (ASX:BYH) has sunk the drill rigs in a major new drilling campaign.

The 2000m RC drilling effort has just begun and is being backed to the tune of $130,000 from the latest round of the WA Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme.

That will cover 50% of the drilling costs of 2000m of drilling into the Olympus geochemical anomaly on the northern limb of the Mars Dome, consisting of holes down to 300m deep.


Bryah Resources (ASX:BYH)
An RC rig has begun drilling at the Olympus copper gold target. Pic: Bryah Resources


“With this drill program we have planned deeper drilling earlier in the exploration phase to get below the weathered zone,” Bryah CEO Ashley Jones said.

“This is a result of geological insights learnt from the Windalah project which has a similar multi element geochemical anomaly.

“At Windalah we have intersected the distal ‘cooler’ pyrite zone of a VMS mineralised system.

“Comparative samples from both Olympus and Windalah indicate that Olympus might be closer toward the ‘hotter’ zone of these systems. It’s certainly an exciting time for our geological team.”

Olympus and Windalah are both located in highly prospective territory near the historic Horseshoe Lights mine.

The Olympus anomaly has a long strike and a number of recognised pathfinder elements typical of high sulphide VMS deposits, a style of base metals mineralisation typically associated with high grade accumulations of key battery metals like copper and nickel.

The lack of As-Sb, often associated with cooler parts of VMS systems, and relative enrichment of Bi, Te, and Se may indicate that outcrop at Olympus is in the ‘hotter’ part of a Windalah-style hydrothermal system.



This article was developed in collaboration with Bryah Resources, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.