Joint venture (JV) partners Independence Group and Buxton Resources have extended exploration efforts in the West Kimberley region in Western Australia.
The JV has completed its first-ever airborne electromagnetic surveys over 1900 square kilometres of the nickel-copper tenements.
Independent Group has delivered the survey using high-power Spectrem equipment and DC-3 aircraft that was mobilised from overseas.
A second airborne survey is due to commence this quarter, providing the first high-resolution information on rock types and structures in these unexplored areas.
“No detailed government or multi-client datasets exist for the West Kimberley, greatly handicapping Buxton’s regional exploration to date,” Buxton Resources stated.
“The upcoming high-quality, belt-scale aerial work planned by the West Kimberley JV represents a major and historic step forward in exploration of the region.”
Analysis of results from the large Spectrem electromagnetic survey is at an early stage and will be further informed by the high-resolution aeromagnetics results.
Independent Group is planning “a busy field season” for the JV in 2020 throughout the belt, which will include mapping, surface geochemistry, ground electromagnetic, drilling and downhole electromagnetic, according to Buxton.
The company has also completed ground electromagnetic surveys, as well as reconnaissance air core drilling program at its Quick Shears project in the region.
This work provided new geological and lithogeochemical data on the extensive areas of Ruins Dolerite and Marboo Formation rocks under shallow soil and transported cover in the area immediately along strike from Buxton’s Merlin prospect.