Voltaic is expanding its exploration efforts with plans to carry out maiden lithium drilling at its Ti Tree project in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region following approval for its Program of Work.
While initial rock chip sampling had identified over 30 drill targets with very favourable lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) geochemistry, the maiden drill program will test four areas of high priority geochemical anomalism where multiple pegmatites have been mapped at surface within the Andrada prospect.
Pegmatites at Andrada, which is one of three regional targets identified to date, display evidence of highly fractionated and zoned with abundant tourmaline alteration, which is similar to those at the third-party Yinnietharra discovery.
Voltaic Strategic Resources’ (ASX:VSR) first lithium targeted subsurface exploration at Ti Tree will total about 1,250m of reverse circulation drilling.
“We will maintain our activities over the coming months to continue to vector towards the most promising areas,” chief executive officer Michael Walshe said.
“Geophysical and remote sensing surveys will soon commence to generate additional targets and provide detailed structural data on the pegmatites.
“Additionally, we will be one of the first in the region to trial a surface gravity survey as a means for differentiating pegmatites from country rock. This method has shown to be highly effective for LCT exploration in other regions with similar geology.”
TI Tree drilling
Ti Tree has never been systematically explored for lithium and the company’s maiden drilling is intended to expand the known surface footprint of LCT mineralization at shallow depths, and to identify potential mineralisation down-plunge and along-strike.
This will provide important geological details to guide future drilling activities towards higher calibre target areas and should bolster understanding of the regional pegmatite systems.
All targets are located within the Volta Corridor – a major belt of lithium-bearing pegmatites that contains Red Dirt Metals’ Yinnietharra lithium project.
This article was developed in collaboration with Voltaic Strategic Resources, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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