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Alice Queen to rapidly drill test North Molong targets after nearby major porphyry copper-gold discovery

The North Molong belt projects cover 663 square kilometres north along strike from Cadia and adjacent to Alkane Resources recent discovery holes.

Alice Queen Ltd - Alice Queen to rapidly drill test North Molong targets after nearby major porphyry copper-gold discovery
The company’s technical advisor John Holliday co-discovered Cadia Valley

Alice Queen Ltd (ASX:AQX) has had the prospectivity of its Yarindury and Mendooran projects enhanced after substantial porphyry gold-copper mineralisation was discovered within 700 metres of Yarindury.

The discovery hole drilled by Alkane Resources Ltd (ASX:ALK) at its Boda prospect in the North Molong belt intersected 502 metres at 0.48 g/t gold and 0.2% copper from 211 metres.

With a view to developing near-term drilling targets, Alice Queen will be surface mapping and sampling the adjacent area

“Best porphyry discovery in 20 years”

Alice Queen technical advisor and co-discoverer of the Cadia deposits John Holliday said: “Alkane has just made the best porphyry exploration discovery in the Lachlan fold belt, away from the three main mine centres [of Cadia, Cowal and Northparkes], in the last 20 or so years.

“This has clearly further enhanced the prospectivity of the Yarindury and Mendooran tenements, which cover the same belt of rocks in areas where they have hardly been explored because of younger cover.”

Mineralisation may extend

Based on magnetic data, the highly prospective Cadia-age rocks intersected at Boda extend at surface into Yarindury in a thin strip potentially 700 metres wide and more than 5 kilometres long.

If Alkane’s find proves to be a 7-by-2-kilometre, Cadia-scale porphyr field, Alice Queen believes significant mineralisation may potentially extend eastwards into the Yarindury project area.

Magnetic highs across entire project area

The prospectivity of all of Alice Queen’s North Molong Belt Project has been enhanced because the tenements extend over magnetic high features which Alkane’s exploration has shown may be monzonite intrusions driving porphyry copper-gold mineralisation.

All the magnetic high features are under younger cover and most of them have never been drilled.

In one case a prominent magnetic high extends into Yarindury about 500 metres northeast of a past exploration drill hole, which was targeted on a gravity low instead of on a magnetic high.

This hole intersected monzonite and microdiorite in a faulted zone under younger cover rocks at 170 metres depth and the monzonite had potentially porphyry-related chlorite-sericite alteration below 305 metres.

Alice Queen will soon test some of these magnetic highs with its maiden drill program.

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