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Ardea steps up Bardoc Tectonic Zone gold hunt

ASX-listed explorer, Ardea Resources, has the drill rods turning once again at its Aphrodite North gold prospect that is just one of a plethora of targets to be tested within its gold-bearing Bardoc Tectonic Zone tenement package north of Kalgoorlie.

The Perth-based company has launched an RC drilling program totalling 6,000m comprising about 50 holes to follow up some encouraging results from the first round of RC drilling it completed at Aphrodite North recently.

Notable intersections from that initial seven-hole reconnaissance program that totalled 1,686m are 6m grading 3.6 grams per tonne gold from 44m including 2m at 9.99 g/t, 8m at 4.94 g/t from 172m including 4m at 9.42 g/t, and 10m at 1.52 g/t gold from 76m.

Ardea has already fired up the drill bit at the Aphrodite North discovery, which is the first of five BTZ gold target areas slated for drilling in this new phase.

Four of these prospects – Aphrodite North, Grafter, including Lady Charlotte, Zeus and Elsie North – are located about 70km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder within Ardea’s Goongarrie nickel-cobalt project.

Underlying host rocks prospective for gold mineralisation but concealed by transported and laterite cover occur on much of Ardea’s Goongarrie project area, with surface anomalisms pretty much non-existent.

Consequently, gold exploration targets have been interpreted from a combination of field work and desktop studies using available geological, geochemical and geophysical data from which Ardea has come up with about 100 blind targets that it has ranked.

A bonus for Ardea is that most of the first targets to be drilled sit on granted mining leases, which means that development of any economic gold resources and reserves can be fast-tracked.

The Ardea team are pleased to resume drilling on our BTZ gold targets, to follow up on the promising start to gold exploration at Aphrodite North and Grafter and to test other compelling targets. Results from this 6,000m RC program will be important in continuing to unlock the potential of an emerging gold camp buried by transported cover, only 70km north of Kalgoorlie.

With Ardea one of a select few ASX-listed companies that maintains an operations office in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, we have been able to leverage off our local presence and strong relationships with service providers to help ensure access to essential services such as quality drilling contractors and assay services. These relationships will help ensure exploration programs are completed as efficiently as possible.

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

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