Part of the Broken
Hill base metal
deposits in Australia
Maputo, Mozambique — 19 September 2013 – The Australian mining company Metals of Africa has announced the discovery of what it calls “a significant new base metals geochemical anomaly” at its Mazoe River project in the west Mozambican province of Tete. reports that, according to the announcement, the anomaly, identified from soil sampling, is 2.5km long by 750m wide, and it “hosts elevated zinc, lead and copper, plus manganese and phosphorus, among other elements”.

Exploration, the company says, “is ongoing with extensive soil sampling and geological mapping to define drill targets, and a 1500m diamond drill programme to test priority targets is scheduled to commence next month”.

The latest discovery is at the Rulio prospect in the Mazoe River project. Earlier discoveries in two other prospects found other “multi-element anomalies hosting elevated base metals, including lead, zinc and copper,” it adds.

“The geochemical assemblages identified at the three prospects via the soil sampling programme are indicative of a geological system enriched in base metals”, the company says.

It regards the high level of zinc, lead and copper mineralisation as an indicator for BHT (Broken Hill Type) deposits. This name derives from the Broken Hill ore deposit in New South Wales, Australia, which is believed to be the world’s richest and largest zinc-lead deposit.

Metals of Africa says that the Mazoe River project is still at an early stage, but the company is encouraged by the similarities with Broken Hill.

The company has eight exploration licences, mostly in southern Tete, between the Mazoe and Luia rivers. The area is regarded as highly favourable, not only for zinc and lead, but also for silver.

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