Kalamazoo starts lithium probes at Pilbara targets

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Soil sampling at Kalamazoo’s Pilbara lithium projects has driven a 5000m RC drilling program.
Camera IconSoil sampling at Kalamazoo’s Pilbara lithium projects has driven a 5000m RC drilling program. Credit: File

Carbon-neutral gold and lithium explorer Kalamazoo Resources has broken ground with a maiden drilling program across its lithium targets at Marble Bar and DOM’s Hill in WA’s Pilbara region. The company is planning 5000 metres of RC drilling as part of its joint venture project with NYSE-listed Chilean lithium producer Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile.

Kalamazoo is plunging 4000m of RC holes into several outcropping lithium-mineralised pegmatite dykes spotted across four high-priority prospects at Marble Bar and 1000m at the nearby DOM’s Hill lithium project targeting three prospects defined by substantial soil geochem anomalies and prospective structures.

The company is continuing with more early field reconnaissance and geological mapping of soil geochemistry anomalies it has identified across its acreage.

Management sees its Marble Bar lithium project as highly prospective for lithium-caesium-tantalum, or “LCT” mineralisation as it is close to the Moolyella Monzogranite, perceived to be an LCT-pegmatite source.

Pegmatite dyke outcrops have been spotted by Kalamazoo at Marble Bar containing visible amounts of lepidolite, or lithium mica, with a best rock chip sample assay of 1.6 per cent lithium oxide and 372 ppm tantalum.

The Marble Bar drilling program is targeting several outcropping lithium mineralised pegmatite dykes recorded across four high priority prospects.

The 76 square kilometre package lies along the periphery of the Moolyella tin and tantalum alluvial field and numerous local occurrences of mapped lithium-enriched pegmatites.

Global Lithium’s Archer Lithium deposit is about 25km to the north, with a reported maiden inferred resource of 10.5Mt going 1.0 per cent lithium oxide.

After the Marble Bar program is done and dusted, the drill rig swings over to the DOM’s Hill lithium project for the 1000m RC drilling program. Kalamazoo is chasing LCT-mineralised pegmatite dykes similar to the nearby world-class Pilgangoora and Wodgina pegmatite-hosted lithium deposits.

It has three prospects to test, identified by significant soil geochemistry anomalies corresponding to favourable structures in its three DOM’s Hill tenements.

As part of its deal with Kalamazoo, its Chilean partner needs to pony up a maximum of $12 million over the next four years to earn between 30 and 70 per cent. The producer has another significant Australian operation through its 50 per cent deal with Kidman Resources at their Mt Holland lithium project in Kwinana, WA.

Kalamazoo’s gold business has a multi-pronged strategy, focusing on exploring the Victorian goldfields in addition to increasing the 1.65Moz Ashburton gold project in the Pilbara it bought recently from Northern Star.

In Victoria, Kalamazoo owns 100 per cent of the Castlemaine goldfield that has 5.6Moz of historical gold production, southern extensions to the Maldon-South Muckleford Goldfield with 2.1Moz of previous production and a tenement in the centre of the Tarnagulla goldfield that has recorded 700,000oz in past production.

Kalamazoo Resources is the first Australian gold and lithium explorer to have its business operations certified carbon-neutral under the Federal Government’s Climate Active Program. It is offsetting its forecast emissions for 2022 with a verified environmental reforestation program in WA.

Is your ASX-listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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