Rum Jungle has uncovered a potential phosphate mother load while digging a toilet.
When a geologist was dig a hole for the camp’s drop toilet, which was located more than 20 km from the initial exploration grid at a site near Barrow Creek in the Northern Territory, he was surprised to find nodules of phosphate under his feet, according to NineMSN.
Rum Jungle Resources chief executive David Muller explained that “he was kicking his feet around, looked down and said to himself ‘that looks like phosphate’.
“And, sure enough, it was.”
Successive tests showed that the deposit was high grade and wide spread.
The discovery was made at Rum Jungle’s Ammaroo projects at the Sandover Highway, about 350km north east of Alice Springs.
According to Muller, the company is now rethinking its drilling strategy.
While the miner will still drill 300 holes on its initial exploration grid, it will now drill an additional 200 extra holes around the toilet to fully uncover the potential phosphate lode.
Muller told NT News that while the dunny hole was "historic", it is still going to be ‘used’.
"We might stick in a mango tree when we finish and see how it goes," he added.
Early surveys show a layer of phosphate up to five metres thick.
Phosphate is rising in demand as the agricultural sector grows and there is an increased drive for food security.
Currently Australia imports the majority of its phosphates from Africa.
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