Ashburton Minerals (ASX: ATN) has begun a much anticipated program of drilling at its Mt Webb Project in Western Australia to test open ended copper mineralisation at the Charlie's and The Gap prospects.
Demonstrating the large area of mineralisation being defined at Mt Webb, late last year Ashburton discovered the largest copper anomaly so far of 246 metres at 0.22% copper, which includes a higher grade zone of 62 metres at 0.4% copper.
Using ground gravity and aircore geochemical drilling programs, the new anomaly was identified at the Pokali prospect, which is almost 400 metres in length.
Importantly, the geochemical drilling program also identified a number of gold anomalies in the central part of the project area, including a coincident gold-platinum-palladium anomaly.
This further confirms the untapped potential of the Mt Webb project for a range of commodities, highlighted by two drill holes located 1 kilometre apart intersecting gold - over an area that has not yet been geochemically tested.
Ashburton has begun a 1,200 metre drilling program comprising four deep reverse circulation drill holes, planned to depths of between 250 and 400 metres at Pokali Hill.
Two holes are to be drilled at the Charlie's prospect on the eastern side of Pokali Hill, and two at The Gap prospect, some 3 kilometres to the northwest on the western side of Pokali Hill.
The current drill program will test open ended copper mineralisation.
Best intercepts to date at the two prospects are 62 metres at 0.4% copper, including 12 metres at 1.1% copper, at Charlie's and 46 metres at 0.37% copper at The Gap.
Ashburton expects to complete the drilling program before the end of June.
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