Drill holes were spotted to test sections of airborne geophysical (MAG/VTEM) and ground auger soil geochemical anomalies. Initial drill holes were spaced from 400m to over 1km apart and later tightened to 100m step-outs where gold mineralization was noted. A total of 30 drill holes were completed in two phases, for 4985 m. A collar map is available at:http://www.goknet.net/Asante/FAHcollarsNRJan20.pdf.
With the exception of four significant gold intersections (to 0.50 m @ 295 g/t Au), initial sampling results were low. VTEM conductors correspond with favourable graphitic shear zones in meta-greywacke or regional scale graphitic meta-phyllite/argillite units. Weak gold anomalies in core from saprolite have generally accounted for the anomalous auger soil geochemical targets tested in the program.
However, wide zones of moderate to strongly quartz veined meta-greywacke, and carbonate alteration were noted in the program. These zones correspond with elevated to locally significant gold values, as noted in the table below, and are considered high priority targets for additional drilling.
Further drilling is also required along the trend to the NE of Perseus Mining Ltd’s discovery hole NSRC010 located ~1 km south of the Asante Fahiakoba concession boundary and which yielded 30m at 2.2 g/t Au, including 4m at 9.0 g/t Au (Perseus Quarterly Report, December 30, 2012 – true width unspecified).
The property is underlain by favourable Birimian meta-sediments, with more than 70% of the Fahiakoba concession covered by transported alluvial material. No modern exploration or drilling has taken place to date. Recent airborne geophysical surveys have outlined some 20 km of strong NE trending shear and fold zones, some of which have associated VTEM conductors. These type of structural targets at Perseus and elsewhere in Ghana host significant gold deposits and will be the target of our ongoing exploration efforts. Anomalous gold values have been noted in a pit with quartz stockwork in granite that is associated with one of the airborne geophysical targets. Phase 1 auger drilling to test below the alluvial cover has been completed with anomalous gold trends identified.