QX is diving into hard rock lithium exploration in the Pilbara
QX Resources is all set to flex its exploration muscle with the re-launch of a campaign targeting hard rock lithium mineralisation across its assets in Western Australia’s prolific Pilbara region.
The campaign will kick off in late July with a month-long program of surface rock chip sampling and detailed mapping across the Split Rock, Western Shaw and Yule River project areas as well as additional areas at Turner River where reverse circulation drilling recently confirmed the presence of both lithium and rare earth elements.
This initial program will include the interpretation of outcropping pegmatites at Split Rock and Western Shaw.
QX Resources (ASX:QXR) will also carry out detailed airborne geophysics – including detailed spectral image analysis – first over the Turner River then over the other areas.
Once this initial work is completed, the company will carry out extensive trenching and sampling will occur across new areas of interest as well as at Turner River.
Follow-up drilling will then be conducted in new areas and at extended depths around locations drilled to date, once trenching has confirmed a significant extent of lithium hard rock mineralisation.
QXR is “re-energising the exploration work with further mapping, sampling and trenching aimed at identifying multiple new targets, especially around known pegmatites,” managing director Steve Promnitz said.
“The Pilbara is a key focus for QXR – and many other successful companies – and QXR is fortunate to hold key greenstone/granitoid contact areas permissive for substantial hard rock lithium mineralisation.
“Access has recently been granted to new areas so now we are getting more boots on the ground this month.”
The Pilbara has seen a growing level of activity in the lithium space with no less than giant iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group (ASX:FMG) carrying out what looks like resource drilling just next door to the historical Tabba Tabba tantalum mine and lithium-tantalum project.
Given this level of activity, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that QX will want to get the ball rolling on its assets in the area.
After all, it has already achieved success at Turner River where an initial 12-hole program followed by a 10-hole RC program confirmed the presence of a lithium mineralisation halo with elevated REE results.
While more exploration is required to locate better lithium grades that mirror surface rock chip results of up to 4.9% Li2O, the results are hugely promising given that the project is just 15km from the world-class Wodgina lithium mine.
Meanwhile, Western Shaw and Yule River host pegmatites with lithium potential and are located in an iron ore province with about 11km strike of Banded Iron Formation.
Split Rock has lithium pegmatites along major geological boundaries and is near lithium hits made by Calidus Resources and Thor Mining.
Additionally, the granite within Yule River and Split Rock are interpreted to have been intruded by the Split Rock Supersuite with which the Wodgina, Pilgangoora and Global Lithium deposits are associated.
This article was developed in collaboration with QX Resources, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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