The program has identified several large copper and zinc soil anomalies within the Permian Berserker Beds which hosts the historic Mt Chalmers volcanic-hosted massive sulphide (VHMS) deposit.
The discoveries demonstrate significant scale potential with multiple Mt Chalmers look-a-likes surrounding the historic mine.
“New soil data cannot be understated”
QMines chairman Andrew Sparke said: “The significance of the new soil data cannot be understated in terms of the scale and exploration potential.
“The Mt Chalmers mine is a well-documented VHMS system, and the soil signature is very distinct. VHMS systems typically occur in clusters which is exactly what we are seeing at Mt Chalmers.
“It is important to note the scale of these new soil anomalies with one anomaly being approximately 10 kilometres long by 2 kilometrtes wide.
“This new discovery is a very exciting development that clearly demonstrates the significant scale potential of the Mt Chalmers project.”
Drilling operations set to expand
Qmines’ recently acquired and digitised soil geochemical signatures from the Tracker T1, T2 and T3 prospects are similar in scale and tenor to that found at the Mt Chalmers VHMS deposit and represent exciting new drill targets for the company.
The company believes that the remnant massive sulphides at the Mt Chalmers deposit will provide a baseline electromagnetic (EM) signature for ongoing VHMS exploration inside the Berserker Beds.
QMines aims to expand drilling operations at the Mt Chalmers Project utilising all historical and newly acquired geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets.
The systematic exploration methods adopted by the company are designed to locate other preserved undercover VHMS mineralised systems that may be present within the Berserker Beds.
Additional permits applied for
Qmines has planned a 30,000-metre drilling program which is underway with a second rig now onsite and assays expected shortly.
Planetary Geophysics has been engaged to manage and deliver a large REP-TEM airborne EM survey set to begin in Q3 2021 over the Mt Chalmers area, extending both to the north-west and south-east of the Mt Chalmers mine and covering an extensive area of the Berserker Beds.
In addition, soil sampling will continue over a much larger area with extensive soil grids utilising Niton portable handheld PAS XRF which delivers real-time base metal suite analysis.
Furthermore, the company has applied for further exploration permits around Mt Chalmers extending the ground position to cover the Berserker Beds.