Tambourah Metals identifies shallow gold anomaly from maiden drilling at Cheela

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By Imelda Cotton - 
Tambourah Metals ASX TMB first drilling Cheela

Maiden aircore drilling at Tambourah Metals’ (ASX: TMB) Cheela gold project in Western Australia has produced the best results associated with an extensive, sub-horizontal and shallow gold anomaly open along the strike.

The junior explorer completed 11 holes for a total of 769 metres over a strike distance of about 90m to infill wide-spaced historical intercepts of 16m at 4.75 grams per tonne gold from 88m, including 8m at 8.59g/t from 88m (reported by Newcrest Mining) and the 11m at 4.17g/t gold from 34m including 4m at 8.42g/t from 36m 36m reported by Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST).

Persistent anomaly

Assays for the first five holes of the maiden campaign confirmed a persistent shallow gold anomaly with a highlight intercept of 5m at 1.1g/t gold from 33m and 1m at 2.85g/t from 33m.

The mineralisation is believed to be hosted in a weathered sequence comprising interlayered shale, siltstone and sandstone with some associated quartz veining.

One of the holes was unable to reach the target depth due to water ingress and Tambourah is planning follow-up reverse circulation drilling at a later date.

Further drilling

Executive chair Rita Brooks said the initial assays would be used for further drilling.

“We are delighted to have completed the maiden aircore work at Cheela, which has confirmed an extensive shallow gold anomalism,” she said.

“Once we have received results for the remaining six holes, we will plan a follow-up program aimed at deeper high-grade intersections and other identified primary targets related to underlying structures.”

Cheela location

Cheela comprises two granted exploration licences over approximately 381.58 square kilometres of acreage on the Mindle Shear and crustal scale Nanjilgardy Fault.

The fault is a major northwest-trending system believed to be the conduit for mineralisation at three nearby discoveries.

They are the 1.1 million ounce Paulsens operation and Electric Dingo prospect owned by Black Cat Syndicate (ASX: BC8), Kalamazoo Resources’ (ASX: KZR) 1.7Moz Mt Olympus deposit and the Karlawinda project owned by Capricorn Metals (ASX: CMM).

Karlawinda is believed to be one of Australia’s lowest-cost gold producers with a resource of 2.2Moz.