Desert Metals Discovers New Near-Surface Gold Structure in Côte d’Ivoire

Desert Metals Ltd (ASX: DM1) has intersected near-surface gold in first pass exploratory air-core drilling at the Tengrela South project.

Tengrela is located in northern Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.

Drill testing of a 78ppb gold soil anomaly, delivered 4 metres at 5.22 g/t gold from 36 metres to end-of-hole.

The anomaly is located 3.5 kilometres south-west of the Podio prospect.

In terms of ranking, the result is a top 20 gold intersection in the more than 63,000 metres of historical drilling at the project.

This is an important discovery of a new mineralised structure that is open for testing to the north, south and down-dip.

It is also in a geological setting that is representative of large gold deposits in the region.

The Tengrela concession is located 30 kilometres south of Perseus Mining Ltd’s (ASX: PRU) Sissingué gold mine.

Sissingué has produced over 500,000 gold ounces since 2018.

Confidence

Stephen Ross, managing director, commented:

“This drilling was designed to test second-tier, or less coherent, spot gold anomalies located in favourable geological positions concealed beneath thin transported cover.

“This positive result gives us the confidence to pursue other historical, second-tier, gold in soil anomalies that could equally represent new mineralised structures in areas of transported cover.”

Lithium potential

Lithium minerals were also identified in a 6-metre end-of-hole pegmatite intersection from 23 metres drilled 1.2 kilometres southwest of the Logbog gold prospect.

This is 10 kilometres north of the Firering Strategic Minerals plc (LON: FRG) Atex lithium discovery.

Drilling highlights include 64 metres at 1.24% lithium from 76 metres, and is moving towards a maiden resource.

At Atex, Firering is in a joint venture with Atlantic Lithium Ltd (ASX: A11) associate Ricca Resources Ltd.

Next for Desert

Follow-up drilling at Tengrela South and Logbog to commence in May 2024.

Desert has the right to earn a majority interest under low-cost joint venture arrangements in seven gold and lithium projects.

These cover 2,769 square kilometres of granted mineral permits and permit applications in the Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.

 

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