- Second phase of drilling program including six diamond drill holes for 97.6 metres has been completed at the Amamoor prospect of Eclipse Metals’ May Valley Manganese Project.
- The campaign led to the intersection of strong manganese mineralisation in all holes within strong breccias or shear zones and fractured alterations of metasediment units. Assay results are anticipated in the upcoming weeks.
- Planning for ground access, definitive geophysical surveys, drilling and bulk sampling program is in full swing.
Multi-commodity explorer with an impressive project portfolio, Eclipse Metals Limited (ASX:EPM) continues to progress its highly prospective exploration asset stationed in Queensland. On 12 October, the company announced completion of the second phase of drilling campaign at the Amamoor deposit in Mary Valley Manganese Project.
Conclusion of Diamond Drilling Campaign Opens New Avenues at Amamoor
The recently concluded drilling campaign tested for extending the historically drilled high-grade manganese mineralisation along the strike length of 160 metres at a down dip to 20 metres. During the diamond drilling program, a total of six holes were completed over 97.6 metres.
All holes were initially planned to be drilled to a final depth of 20 metres, but a few of the holes were terminated at shallower depths due to difficult ground conditions.
Half of the coring samples from the prospective and mineralised area from the diamond drill holes have been collected and sent to a laboratory for assaying. The assay results are expected to be released in due course. The mineralised intervals will be assayed on a per metre basis to extensively assess the distribution and strength of the manganese mineralisation.
Manganese mineralisation is hosted within the already identified brecciated shear zones, open along the strike in both the directions and the vertical down dip. Manganese mineralisation is typically found within the oxidised and transitional areas of silicified (jasperoid) volcanic meta-sediment units and is usually stated as manganese replacement within the brittle-fractured zones.
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Next Leg of Growth: Exploration and Assessment Programs Under Planning
Following the 2018 drilling program, the recent drilling campaign focussed on the testing of extensions of the already identified mineralisation. Eclipse’s board is pleased with the successful completion of the diamond drilling program at the Amamoor deposit.
Following the successful execution of the drilling campaign, the company would require ground access to effectively explore and evaluate the economic potential of the Amamoor manganese deposits.
Numerous historical mine workings in the vicinity are yet to be tested, and the production of large samples would be required for potential customers. Further planning for ground access, definitive geophysical surveys, drilling and bulk sampling program is already underway.
EPM closed at $0.008 a share on 14 October 2020, with a market capitalisation of $11.31 million.
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