Marindi Metals have announced the findings of ‘hundreds of gold nuggets’ being recovered from the Bellary Dome Conglomerate Gold Project in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region. The gold nuggets have been referred to as flattened, pitted, “watermelon seeds”. Further sampling is still underway.
Over six ounces of course gold nuggets have been recovered from one alluvial ‘trap-site’, which is located directly downslope from the Bellary Dome Conglomerate. The second phase of the stream sediment sampling has been accomplished, with samples being sent for assay. The results of this assessment will be released to the public around mid-June.
Marindi staff have met with an official independent prospecting group currently operating at Bellary Dome, who have reported the recovery of significant amounts of course gold nuggets. The gold was recovered approximately 1.2km east of Edney’s find, a historical gold prospect trenched in the early 1970’s. Marindi has designed a comprehensive creek sampling program to test all drainages which cross the prospective Mt Roe/Bellary Formation contact.
“This latest development provides further support for the argument regarding the widespread distribution of gold mineralisation across our project, and potentially across the entire basin,” said the Mardini’s Managing Director, Simon Lawson.
“The nature of the nuggets recovered by these prospectors on our ground is also very similar to those recovered by Novo Resources approximately 250km further to the North,” the company said in a statement.
Marindi is also set to commence a large-scale drilling program on drill-ready LCT-pegmatite targets and strong gold anomalies at Forrestanina, within 5km of a world-class lithium deposit and a 2 million-ounce gold mine.
“We have made it abundantly clear that our corporate and strategic focus is on the Forrestanina Lithium-Gold project, however, as explorers we will continue to use both direct and indirect methods to increase the value of all of our exploration assets,” announced the company. The company has stressed this statement as ‘dealing with mineralisation that can be difficult to evaluate due to its depositional environment and the coarse nature of the gold itself’.