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Aruma chases more gold from Salmon Gums

Aruma Resources hopes history repeats with a fresh diamond drilling program to add to its huge gold hits in March that reached 224 grams per tonne from the Salmon Gums gold project in WA’s eastern Goldfields. Other eye-popping RC drill cores from its maiden program graded above 50 g/t and 83 g/t gold.

Aruma is sinking up to three diamond core holes in the program, drilling to about 300m to get a better geological picture of the Salmon Gums Project. It expects to finish drilling this month after pulling out core samples to identify rock types, mineralisation types, metallurgy and stratigraphy, along with gold grades and controls.

The Salmon Gums project is two tenements covering 222 square kilometres, 200km south of Kalgoorlie and 60km south of Norseman. It is 30km south and directly along strike in the same fairway as Pantoro Ltd’s high grade Scotia gold project.

With the high-grade gold intersections from our maiden program clearly demonstrating the project’s potential to host multiple high-grade gold quartz vein and lode style orebodies, these diamond drill holes will help Aruma to better characterise and understand the Salmon Gums mineralisation and guide the next phases of field work and drilling.

The March results came from 6243m of RC drilling in a wide-spaced drilling program across the Thistle and Iris plays at Salmon Gums, after an initial 2298m in 33 holes and a follow-up drilling round of 3945 metres across 39 holes.

The exceptional gold intercepts were relatively shallow, with 5m at 50.2 g/t gold from 42m, 3m yielding 83 g/t from 42m and the head-turning 1m zone reporting 224 g/t gold from 44m.

Aruma says its previous program further reinforced the company’s exploration model for the potential for Salmon Gums to host a large gold system.

Aruma intersected significant mineralisation over a 4.3km strike and on granite-mafic contacts, that it says greatly increases the target zones for the whole project. Fault and dome areas were identified in the north of the project area plus the multiple high-grade zones in the Thistle-Iris trends the company says are very promising.

According to Aruma’s mapping, the Thistle Trend is more than 500m long and open at both ends and at depth.

Apart from reporting high-grade gold, Aruma last month announced great lithium and rubidium results from a surface rock chip sampling program at its fully-owned Mt Deans lithium project, to the north of Salmon Gums.

Results included high-grade lithium of up to 1.96 per cent lithium oxide and very high-grade rubidium of up to 1.42 per cent rubidium oxide. Caesium values of up to 1550 parts per million were also recorded. Rubidium is used in solar panels, fibre optic cables, GPS systems, night vision equipment and sodium-ion batteries.

They came from 11 samples taken along a 500m strike after Aruma’s maiden drilling program at the site in February. The company is now making plans to complete the remaining 1800m at Mt Deans across 12 holes as a priority.

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

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