Bryah Resources (ASX: BYH) has firmed up a new copper-gold anomaly at its flagship Bryah Basin project in Western Australia.
Named Wongawar, the new anomaly was discovered from soil and rock chip sampling that was carried out at the project last year.
Rock chips returned up to 1.17 grams per tonne gold and 693 parts per million copper.
Meanwhile, previous drilling in 1990 at Wongawar had intersected 16m at 0.18g/t gold. However, no follow up exploration has been undertaken at the prospect until now.
“The sampling results seen at the Wongawar prospect are very encouraging because they indicate a highly prospective anomaly over a wide area in what is very unexplored terrain,” Bryah managing director Neil Marston said.
“At Wongawar we now have several samples anomalous in gold and copper.”
After success using a mobile metal ion survey at the Windalah prospect late last year to delineate drill targets, Bryah plans to carry out a mobile metal ion survey at Wongawar later this month.
Once the survey is complete, drilling will begin with Bryah already securing the requisite approvals and heritage clearance.
Advancing manganese potential
In addition to Bryah Basin’s gold and copper potential, Bryah has also uncovered high-grade manganese at the project, with numerous rock chips samples returning in excess of 40% manganese.
Preparations are now underway to begin drilling at the Horseshoe South manganese mine, which previously produced 1 million tonnes of manganese.
The historic mine was the largest in the basin, with Mineral Resources’ (ASX: MIN) operating the asset between 2008 and 2011.
During its time in charge of the asset, Mineral Resource extracted more than 400,000t of manganese.
Additionally, the mine is only 1km north of the privately-owned Horseshoe Flats mine that began producing in 2017.
Horseshoe South is one of several manganese prospects that Bryah has discovered across the project.
By mid-morning trade, Bryah’s share price was steady at $0.075.