The precious and base metals explorer will follow up its soil sampling results with a first-pass aircore campaign over September and October.
()’s palladium results from a soil sampling campaign at the Norseman Project in Western Australia have pinpointed a suite of new priority drill targets.
The nickel, copper and cobalt-focused explorer uncovered as much as 0.81 g/t palladium, 0.26 g/t platinum, 0.42% nickel and 0.11% copper during the sampling program at its wholly-owned project, while 44 samples returned more than 0.1 g/t palladium.
These precious and base metal grades point to high-value anomalous zones within the Norseman asset with the scheduled first-pass aircore campaign modified to include the new targets.
Specifically, the soil anomalism highlighted two priority zones, bearing respective 400-metre and 800-metre strike zones, which will be explored further over the next two months.
“Strong potential” for mineralisation
Commenting on the recent field activities Galileo, managing director Brad Underwood said the latest soil sampling results further confirmed the strong potential for mineralisation at Norseman.
“While our previous soil samples had highly anomalous values up to 0.31 g/t palladium, we are now seeing even better results up to 0.81 g/t and almost 10% of the samples analysed were greater than 0.1 g/t.
“We have also confirmed that the anomalous zones fall within the areas of existing POWs from the Mines Department, which allows us to include the new targets in the upcoming aircore drilling program.
“A drilling contract was signed in July with an expected start date in September/October.
“However, the precise timing is subject to rig availability, with Western Australia continuing to experience strong demand for drilling services.”
Soil sampling program
Galileo’s latest exploration campaign at Norseman involved 458 soil samples, which were taken from a highly prospective area at Mission Sill and Jimberlana prospects.
Specifically, soil sampling occurred between two areas with maximum palladium in soil values of 0.31 g/t and 0.16 g/t.
The latest sampling has shown two zones of strong palladium and platinum potential – one over the Mission Sill at an ultramafic/mafic contact and the second over a particular unit within the layered intrusive Jimberlana Dyke.
The Jimberlana Dyke has been described by the Geological Survey of Western Australia as similar to the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, which is a hub of palladium and platinum production.
Next on the agenda
Now that the sampling campaign has run its course, a 10,000-metre aircore drilling program is planned over September and October to follow up the palladium and nickel anomalies as a first pass test prior to deeper drilling.
A combination of reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling will be undertaken after aircore activity to follow up on any anomalies resulting from the first-pass programs.
RC and diamond drilling will also test down dip and along strike of Galileo’s existing mineralised drill results within the Norseman Project area, including palladium intersections such as:
- 27 metres at 0.58 g/t palladium, 0.12 g/t platinum, 0.13 % copper and 0.18% nickel, including 3 metres at 1.1 g/t palladium, 0.19 g/t platinum, 0.23% copper and 0.26% nickel; and
- 24 metres at 0.51 g/t palladium, 0.08 g/t platinum, 0.10 % copper and 0.15% nickel.
Interestingly, the grade within the sulphide zone increases towards the east, supporting the interpretation that increased mineralisation occurs within the target zone.
Galileo will keep the market informed of its progress as it explores the Norseman project for precious and base metal mineralisation.