Early stage drilling at Great Western Exploration’s Firebird Gold Project confirm the soil anomalism is ‘in situ’ – meaning the golden motherlode could be close by.

Aircore drilling assays are in for 3,040m at Great Western Exploration’s (ASX:GTE) highly-prospective Firebird Gold Project within WA’s Youanmi Greenstone Belt.

The broad-based AC drilling was looking to confirm the extensive 3.7km x 400m soil anomaly at the project that’s hosted by heavily weathered Archean Greenstones – rock units that play host to the majority of major gold deposits in WA.

Mission accomplished. Assays of note returned 2m @ 1.20g/t Au from 42m hole GFB045 and 2m @ 0.88g/t Au from 2m at hole GFB047 along the 400-1,200m spaced AC drill lines.

Importantly, it’s a validation that the large 3.7km long and 450m wide soil anomaly is insitu, that was defined by CSIRO’s Ultrafine+ soil sampling technique.

Follow up RC drilling

Great Western Exploration said planning for follow-up RC drill testing is advanced, and the program is now likely to focus on the anomalous results from these assays, with a likely start date later this month.

The explorer obviously thinks there’s something to prove up at its Firebird tenements –  it’s only 2.5km away from Western Gold Resources’ (ASX:WGR) Gold Duke Project which contains several JORC mineral resources.

GTE is progressing a number of highly prospective projects across WA, including the Fairbairn Nickel-Copper Project, Atley Gold Project, Lake Way Potash Project, its Yerrida North JV with Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) and the Golden Corridor Project.

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

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