Exploration company SearchGold, which is exploring the 400 km2 Arae- Gassel gold property in northern Burkina Faso, has recognised on its property the same Inata-Kerboule major regional structure that hosts Wega Mining’s 1.4 million ounce Inata deposit 15 kilometres to the south.
The Inata-Kerboule major regional structure, which is over 30 kilometres in strike length, shows subsidiary shears and the presence of intrusive rocks, two key drivers for mineralisation.
The five kilometre Kerboule- Yalema gold trend recognised on SearchGold’s property, characteristic of such subsidiary shears structures, is here part of a typical larger scale auriferous system hosted in a classic volcano-sedimentary package.
On the Kerboule-Yalema gold trend, the high grade nature of the mineralisation was confirmed with the recent sampling by SearchGold of one to three kilogram surface rock samples which yielded grades of 95.33 g/t, 8.42 g/t, 7.72 g/t and 6.15 g/t of gold.
Moreover, compilation of previous RC drilling work further highlights distinctly higher grade zones, with intersections including 24.48 g/t over four metres from 42 m to 46 m and 29.12 g/t over two metres from 86 m to 88 m.
The last systematic work on Arae- Gassel was executed by Orezone Resources in the late 1990s when gold was at US$300 an ounce. A lot of additional artisanal work has been executed since and the Kerboule- Yalema gold trend has been shown to host high grade quartz veins with artisan mining producing gold consistently, year after year.
This artisan mining activity has created significant rock exposure providing access to strategic geological information. The next phase of work will integrate the historical data to the improved geological interpretation rendered possible by this recent exposure. A field mission is in progress by SearchGold to execute detailed mapping and further sampling of the Kerboule-Yalema gold trend.