White Rock has the drill bit turning

By Trevor Hoey. Published at Jun 3, 2019, in Mining

Diversified explorer and near-stage producer, White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX:WRM) in conjunction with its joint venture partner Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:SFR) has commenced the 2019 exploration program, and drilling has started at the company’s globally significant Red Mountain high-grade zinc and precious metals VMS project in central Alaska.

There are already two high grade deposits at the Red Mountain Project, with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 9.1 million tonnes at 12.9% zinc equivalent for 1.1 million tonnes of contained zinc equivalent.

As part of the field campaign, a diamond drill program will follow up on the successful discovery of new massive sulphide mineralisation at the Hunter prospect in 2018.

A diamond drill program to test the best of the regional targets defined by the multi-disciplinary use of airborne EM, the 2018 stream geochemical anomalies that were identified, new satellite defined alteration, whole rock lithogeochemical alteration, on ground soil and rock geochemistry and on-ground electrical geophysics.

Consequently, White Rock has significant data to draw on in terms of extending known mineralisation and identifying new targets.

Replicating success using proven technology

This includes detailed electrical ground geophysics (CSAMT and MT) across the regional targets replicating the most rapid field acquisition electrical technique that successfully mapped conductivity associated with mineralisation at both of the two existing deposits, Dry Creek and WTF.

Discussing the extensive preliminary work that should give White Rock an edge during this coming ground operation, White Rock’s managing director, Matthew Gill said “We have got off to a great start with our 2019 exploration program, having just completed our first ever modern, high-powered airborne EM survey over our 475 square kilometre strategic belt-scale regional tenement package.

“We have now safely and efficiently mobilised our field crews and have boots on the ground exploring the best of our many identified exploration targets and the drill bit is now also turning.”

Two geological crews have commenced reconnaissance mapping and geochemical sampling of the new target areas identified from last year’s field season, with the initial priorities being follow-up of stream geochemical anomalies along the Glacier Trend and in the Platypus area west of the Dry Creek deposit, where one of the stream samples returned a 1% zinc anomaly.

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