Artemis Resources will team up with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to investigate gold mineralisation at the explorer’s Karratha mining tenement in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
Artemis will initially focus on an area of ground located about 5km from its Radio Hill processing plant and eventually incorporate Mt Oscar Wits and Purdy’s Reward; the research is designed primarily to improve understanding of the geochemistry and mineralogy of the region — which is known for its watermelon seed-style deposits — using advanced analytical techniques.
Ed Mead, executive director and head of exploration at Artemis, explained the significance of the research in terms of how the gold mineralisation in the region came to be, and how that knowledge could lead to improved refinement.
“It is important that Artemis engage with independent leading industry specialists to seek a deeper understanding as to why the gold exists in the conglomerates south of Karratha and indeed how these unique “watermelon” seed nuggets were formed,” he explained.
“Artemis has a significant land holding in the area and we are actively seeking to understand the genesis of this unusual type of gold.”
Artemis had an eventful 2017 as one of the main beneficiaries of busy Pilbara gold activity throughout the year, particularly when it entered into a joint venture with Canadian major Novo Resources.