Scorpion has wrapped up infill drilling which followed up on earlier drilling that confirmed the presence of high-grade lithium mineralisation in stacked LCT pegmatites at its Youanmi project in Western Australia.

The 17 hole program totalling 2,202m was carried out at an 80m by 80m grid over shallow east dipping lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatites, which have been mapped along 3km of strike and remain open both along and across strike in parallel zones.

Additionally, two holes tested pegmatite identified in historical drilling to the southwest.

Scorpion Minerals (ASX:SCN) recent RC drilling had returned significant high-grade assays such as 9m grading 1.5% Li2O from a down-hole depth of 160m, 10m at 0.98% Li2O from 83m and 6m at 1.6% Li2O from 49m.

Samples from the infill drilling have been submitted in two batches for laboratory assays.

“We are pleased to have completed another successful drilling program at Youanmi safely, on time and on budget,” chief executive officer Michael Fotios said.

“The latest program will look to build on the recent RC drilling which confirmed significant high-grade lithium mineralisation in stacked LCT pegmatites.

“We eagerly await the results from this round of infill drilling, and I look forward to keeping shareholders updated on progress from across the business.”


Youanmi project and the road ahead

The Youanmi project sits at the northern end of a 20km long corridor of LCT pegmatite intrusions that have delivered significant results for other explorers at the southern end of the trend.

It has been subject to limited promising historical lithium exploration such as geological mapping, rock chip sampling, airborne magnetic surveys and RC drilling.

Geological mapping had identified a 3km long zone of intermittent outcropping LCT pegmatites located about 1km east of a contact between a late-stage granite and the Youanmi Layered Mafic Complex.

With this prospectivity and the results received to date, it is unsurprising that Scorpion has plans to keep busy over the next six months.

The company plans to carry out RC drilling of parallel pegmatites to determine extent and composition as well as follow-up geological mapping and rock chip sampling, which is already underway.

It will also acquire high-resolution airborne photography if required and carry out auger soil geochemistry aimed at identifying additional pegmatites under shallow soil cover.

Other work planned includes initial diamond drilling of existing targets at depth along with airborne and ground electromagnetic surveys.



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


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