Perth-based Venus Metals’ Henderson project north of Menzies in WA could turn out to be a triple header with the company recently completing a hard-rock lithium sampling and mapping program at the gold and nickel site. A suite of 97 rock samples were bagged during the renaissance trip which sought to review the lithium potential of the company’s landholdings with assays currently pending.
The area looks to be developing into a hub for battery mineral exploration with Red Dirt Metals having just uncovered a fresh suite of spodumene-bearing lithium pegmatites at its Mt Ida project, around 10 kilometres from Venus’ tenure.
Venus Metals Corporation has begun sampling and mapping to review the lithium potential within its Henderson gold-nickel project in Western Australia’s eastern goldfields following Red Dirt Metals' recent discoveries at its neighbouring project.
Last month, Red Dirt revealed it had identified substantial lithium intersections in historic drill core from its Mt Ida tenement which abuts Venus’ Henderson project to the north.
Notable results from the review were 24m at 1.84% lithium and 350 parts per million tantalum from 160m; 26.2m at 1.84% lithium and 210ppm tantalum from 283m; and 12m at 1.7% lithium and 200ppm tantalum from 150m.
Venus Metals has bagged up 1500 soil samples and 58 rock chips that it will now lab test for nickel, copper, rare earths, gold, platinum, lithium and related minerals at its Managaroon north project in the Gascoyne region of WA. The samples have since been submitted for the multi-element analysis and the company is planning a follow-up program based on the results.
The samples were taken from gossanous outcrops, pegmatites and quartz veins.
Specimens from the 58-suite rock chip sampling program are currently being analysed for gold, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, lithium, cesium, tantalum and niobium.
The company says it will use the results of the sampling program to prioritise potential target areas for additional work and it has earmarked a detailed follow-up program that includes sampling, ground geophysical surveys and drilling.
Interestingly, two of Venus Metals’ project tenements border Dreadnought Resources’ and First Quantum Minerals’ Mangaroon project that is considered prospective for nickel, copper, platinum group elements, rare earth elements and high-grade gold mineralisation.
Perth-based explorer Venus Metals Corproation has completed a regional geochemistry survey at the Mangaroon North polymetallic project in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region.
The survey comprised 1500 soil samples collected from across the project, including new tenements granted in July over a total of 546 square kilometres in an area prospective for nickel, copper, platinum, palladium, gold and rare earth elements.
Approximately 58 rock chip samples were also collected from gossanous outcrops, pegmatites and quartz veins, and will be analysed for platinum group elements, gold, rare earth elements and a lithium-caesium-tantalum-niobium suite.
Precious and base metals explorer Venus Metals Corporation reports what it calls encouraging platinum group elements (PGE)-copper-nickel hits after drilling seven holes at its Youanmi complex in Western Australia.
The reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at the Vidure prospect, totalling 734m, saw the company successfully extend shallow PGE mineralisation into fresh ultramafic rock of the southern Youanmi igneous complex, along strike and down dip.
Earlier this year Venus reported it had located a strong conductor at the comapny's Vidure South prospect.
Venus is targeting conductive sulphides with the potential to host nickel-copper-PGE mineralisation.
Venus Metals has encountered platinum group element, copper and nickel mineralisation at its Youanmi project in WA after probing a promising electromagnetic conductor. A seven hole, 734 metre drilling program has extended the mineralisation at the project with a 7m intersection going 0.85 grams per tonne platinum, palladium plus gold from 124m. The 7m hit also included a high-grade interval of 2m at 1.44 g/t platinum, palladium plus gold.
Included in the 7m intersection was a splattering of copper at 0.022 per cent and 0.35 per cent nickel from 126m.
The next best result from the campaign that targeted magmatic palladium, platinum, gold, copper and nickel mineralisation was 6m grading 0.76 g/t platinum, palladium and gold with 0.031 per cent copper and 0.36 per cent nickel from 30m.