Mineral exploration and development company Marquee Resources Limited has commenced its maiden reverse-circulation (RC) drilling campaign at the Redlings Rare-Earth Element Project, located about 40km west of Leonora in Western Australia.
According to the company’s statement, approximately 1,000m of slim-line RC, proof of concept drilling will be completed targeting down-dip and along-strike extensions of the outcropping Redlings rare-earth element (REE) bearing dyke.
“Targeting two key areas along a 3km long surface geochemical anomaly, the proof of concept drilling aims to confirm the existence of the Redlings REE bearing dyke at depth and along strike to gain an initial understanding on the scale of the system,” it says in the statement.
Marquee Executive Chairman Charles Thomas said the RC drilling programme at Redlings REE – which lies approximately 150km west of Lynas Corporation?s Mt Weld Project – marked the next step in understanding the Project’s broader exploration potential.
“We have mapped and sampled the mineralized dyke at surface and there is a 3km long auger geochemical anomaly that has never been tested at depth, so we hope that this proof of concept drilling program is the beginning of a much larger story,” Mr Thomas explained.
“We have 109 square kilometres of tenure that, outside of the Redlings Dyke, is completely unexplored.
“If we can prove the known mineralisation exists at depth, then we know that individual REE bearing dykes are often part of a larger dyke swarm so the regional exploration potential is very exciting. We have a number of analogous geophysical targets which we hope to test in upcoming programs.”