- Under-explored Merolia Greenstone Belt 90km southeast of Laverton
- Neighbouring historical Lord Byron and Fish Gold Mines
- Anomalous gold results highlight potential for mineralised trends to extend into WMG’s tenement
- Targeting BIF-hosted gold mineralisation analogous to the Lord Byron and Fish deposits
The Jasper Hill Project comprises exploration licence application E39/2079, covering an area of 31.5km2. The project is located approximately 80km southeast of Laverton, in the Merolia Domain of the Burtville Terrane, in the Eastern Goldfields Province of the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia.
The project covers part of the poorly exposed Merolia Greenstone Belt, a NNW trending belt, up to 20km wide, that can be traced over 110km in a SSE direction from the Burtville Mining Centre. The tenement area covers a sequence of amphibolite, mafic intrusive and volcanic rocks, intercalated with minor foliated granite and ferruginous chert/BIF. In the central part of the project area the greenstone sequence has been intruded by a small layered mafic intrusion predominately gabbro with minor pyroxenite by a small layer mafic intrusive. A late stage granodiorite is interpreted intruding the southern part of the greenstone sequence. A regional NNW-NNE trending steeply east dipping schistosity has been developed and major faults also follow this trend. Metamorphic grade ranges from greenschist to amphibolite facies with higher grades tending to be associated with granitic plutons.
The northern and eastern parts of the tenement area are covered by aeolian sand and colluvium cover with discontinuous greenstone sequences occurring on topographic highs on the western side of the project area.
The project area is lightly explored, due to being partly under shallow cover, but is contiguous to the historical producing mines of Lord Byron (160,000oz @ 1.0g/t Au) immediately to the south and Fish (87,000oz @ 4.1g/t Au), to the east. The basalt, BIF and ferruginous chert sequence hosting the Lord Byron deposit extends into the southern portion of the tenement.
Shallow historic RAB and aircore drilling, along with soil sampling, within the tenement area has shown anomalous gold results, and highlights the potential for mineralised trends associated with the neighbouring mines to extend into the project area. The Company intends to explore and test these trends for BIF-hosted gold mineralisation analogous to the Lord Byron and Fish deposits.