- Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone Belt 20km south of Leonora – primetime Goldfields
- Between Genesis Minerals (ASX:GMD) 1.608Moz Ulysses Gold Project and Saturn Metals (ASX:STN) Apollo Hill Project
- Historical exploration for Cu-Pb-Zn VMS – felsic volcanics with Cu-Zn gossans – rock chips up to 3.3% Cu and 7.7% Zn
- Recent exploration gold focused but no systematic work
- Numerous historical gold workings throughout tenement including Princess Melita
- Under-explored potential of 105km2 tenement area
The Melita Project comprises exploration licence E40/379 covering an area of approximately 105km2. The project is located approximately 20km south-southeast of Leonora, in the Gindalbie and Menangina Domains of the Kurnalpi Terrane, in the Eastern Goldfields Province of the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia.
The project lies on the major Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone Belt and in the vicinity of the project area the belt is a triangular shape, bounded to the west by the north-trending Mount George Shear Zone, the northwest-trending Keith-Kilkenny Shear Zone to the east and the Mulliberry Granitoid Complex to the south.
The tenement covers the Melita Complex, which comprises a sequence of dacitic to rhyolitic lavas and associated volcanoclastic rocks, pillow basalts and hyaloclastite. The succession has been interpreted to be deposited in a subaerial environment or shallow subaqueous environment. Much of the tenement is covered by veneer of transported cover, with areas of sheet wash and alluvium on the eastern and western sides of the tenement draining into the east-west trending Lake Raeside immediately to the north of the tenement.
The Melita Project is located to the north of the historic Niagara, Kookynie and Orient Well-Butterfly gold mining centres, with past production estimated at over 600,000oz, and close to Genesis Minerals (ASX:GMD) 1.608Moz Ulysses Gold Project. The main deposit types for gold mineralisation are associated with pyritic quartz veins and pyrite-carbonate-silica-sericite wallrock alteration in differentiated mafic intrusive sequences; quartz veins hosted in granite and quartz vein stockwork hosted in a range of rock types.
Numerous small historical mine workings are recorded in the project area, with the Princess Melita gold workings located on the tenement boundary in the central section of the tenement.
Exploration data for the project has been fragmented with a number soil and surface programs undertaken generally without reference to the regolith. A number of untested surface anomalies have been generated. Several shallow traverses of close spaced RAB drilling were completed across the old Princess Melita working which returned anomalous results. However, there has been no comprehensive drill program completed across the tenement. The remainder of the drilling within the project area has been part of regional drill programs more designed to understand bedrock geology rather than test specific targets.
WMG is excited by the under explored gold potential of the project, particularly given the historical workings noted through the project, and its location in the heart of the WA Goldfields. The Company has planned a systematic exploration program consisting of satellite based remote sensing and targeting, soil and auger geochemistry, ground magnetic surveys, followed by initial aircore drilling to test targets identified.