Tajiri Resources Corp. (TSX-V: TAJ) is delighted to report initial results from first pass RC drilling at the Morley Prospect situated within the Company’s 1,162km2 Reo Gold Project, located at the confluence of the prolific Hounde, Boromo and Goren Greenstone Belts, Burkina Faso (Figure 1). The shallow, 23 hole program intercepted consistent gold mineralization including:
|•||3m @ 30.9g/t from 24m;||within 11m @ 8.6g/t from 20m;||MTRC0022|
|•||1m @ 18.0 g/t from 17m;||within 13m @ 1.9g/t from 15m;||MTRC004|
|•||1m @ 17.0g/t from 51m;||MTRC0015|
|•||2m @ 11.8g/t from 31m;||MTRC0011|
|•||2m @ 11.3g/t from 32m;||within 17m @ 1.6g/t from 18m;||MTRC0014|
|•||1m @ 4.3g/t from 41m;||within 5m @ 1.7g/t from 39m||MTRC0014|
|•||1m @ 10.8g/t from 75m;||within 6m @ 2.7g/t from 75m;||MTRC005|
|•||2m @ 7.5g/t from 34m;||within 7m @ 2.7g/t from 30m;||MTRC005|
|•||1m @ 8.9g/t from 64m;||within 10m @ 1.2g/t from 60m;||MTRC0020|
|•||2m @ 4.6g/t from 55m;||within 8m @ 1.3g/t from 51m;||MTRC006|
|•||2m @ 4.8g/t from 59m;||within19m @ 1.3g/t from 59m;||MTRC009|
|•||1m @ 4.2g/t from 82m;||MTRC007|
Results of all drill holes are given in the Table at the end of this document and shown in Figure 2.
The results reported today are the product of a drill program designed as a first test of Tajiri’s new model for the orientation of mineralisation at Morley. These results, when combined with historic drill intersections, largely confirm the new model and opens new and hitherto sparsely to completely unexplored strike and dip directions to expand Morley. Historic results include:
|•||8m @ 54.2g/t from 16m;||within 32m @ 17.4g/t from 4m;||KRAC128|
|•||4m @ 57.8g/t from 8m;||within 16m @ 14.8g/t from 2m;||KRAB008|
|•||4m @ 15.6g/t from 78m;||within 14m @ 6.9g/t from 70m;||MRRC005|
|•||1m @ 75.5g/t from 33m;||within 18m @ 5.5 g/t from 33m;||MRRC040|
|•||2m @ 15.1g/t from 24m; &|
|1m @ 11.6g/t from 47m; &|
|2m @ 5.3g/t from 18m; &|
|1m @ 5.1g/t from 33m; &|
|1m @ 5.8g/t from 44m||within 40m @ 2.6g/t from 8m;||KRAC011|
|•||8m @ 9.3g/t from 16m; &|
|2m @ 8.3g/t from 8m;||within 30m @ 2.7g/t from 8m;||KRC022|
|•||2m @ 15.6g/t from 42m; &|
|2m@ 7.1g/t from 14m; &|
|2m @7.0g/t from 24m; &|
|2m @ 4.9g/t from 36m;||within 42m @ 2.1g/t from 8m;||KRC020|
|•||1m @ 32.5g/t from 17m;||within 25m @ 1.9g/t from 14m;||MRRC001|
|•||2m@ 11.1g/t from 0m;||within 11m @ 2.9g/t from 0m;||KDH003|
|•||1m @ 21.9g/t from 36m;||within 21m @ 1.8g/t from 29m;||MRRC002|
|•||2m @ 10.3g/t from 58m;||within 8m @ 2.8g/t from 58m;||KRC0441|
|1||All historic intercepts are from drilling at a variety of azimuths and dips to mineralisation and individual intersections may not be representative of true widths and may vary ~ 20 to 80% from true width. New results are interpreted as being within 80-90% of true widths.|
Executive Chairman, Dominic O’Sullivan remarked:
“I am simply thrilled that with the Company’s first modest expenditure in Burkina of about USD200,000, we have not only returned some great results but have also established several fairways along which Morley might grow from a modest sized prospect into a potentially much larger one.
We are developing our understanding of the deposit, starting from a rather higgledy piggledy set of drilling with holes and grades going in all directions, into a geologically cogent framework that demonstrates potential for a lot more at Morley. It fits our philosophy – find a poorly understood or overlooked discovery, in a Tier one address and do the hard yakka, looking at all the data from every angle, then follow-up with smart prudent focused exploration.
I’m particularly enthused about the on-strike potential generated by confirming that WNW oriented structures at Morley host gold mineralisation, especially just west of Morley, where the “Morley Structure,” smashes an 800m sinistral displacement into a sheared granite-greenstone contact which itself has a dextral reverse sense of movement. This creates a WNW trending granite-greenstone contact, hugged by the Morley structure for about 800m of strike. That spells a lot of dilation on favourable structures and lithological contrasts. What’s not to like about that? As it’s under cover, never seen before, I feel it’s a bit like a little Chrissy prezzie for us- still under the tree, all wrapped up and we can’t wait to open it.”
Details of the Morley Drill Program
Results reported today are Tajiri’s first steps in our exploration at Morley and as a necessary first precedent to further work it has focused on defining the orientation of mineralisation. Historically, the orientation of mineralisation has been poorly constrained, and several equivocal interpretations could fit historic data due to the following:
In our new model, gold mineralisation which occurs as sheeted high grade quartz veins, within low grade sericite + carbonate +/- pyrite altered shear zones hosted by a syntectonic belt scale granitoid is comprised of several 1-20m thick, NW-WNW striking lodes which dip between 40˚and 55˚ to the NE. The best historically drilled lode, “the Main Lode” where current drilling has focused, has a known strike length of about 300m.
Results announced today are highly supportive of our new model and intersections mostly occur where the model predicted. Drill results returned to date demonstrate good apparent down-dip coherence with our model and continuity of between 100m and 150m (100m vertically below surface- base of current drilled depth). Zones remain open down dip. On the other-hand strike direction has only been broadly confirmed but it is beginning to resolve into a WNW rather than NW strike. Further work is required because:
Variation in the grades and thickness intersected also suggest that there is a second structural orientation that influences the mineralisation at Morley. This second structural control may be an upshot of vein sets having an orientation which is oblique to the orientation of the host shear zone, a common feature of this style of mineralisation but we also believe, based on the overall architecture of all data, that mineralisation is developed preferentially within the WNW structures at their intersection with either ENE or NNE structures that are also evident in ground magnetic images. Evidence for a second significant structural control is:
The above brings the possibility of repeats of WNW oriented mineralisation along ENE or NNE directions in effect forming a large-stacked lode system. The orientation of Historic scout drilling outside of the main area of drilling at Morley has poorly tested this concept with scout drill lines oriented subparallel to the WNW strike of mineralisation and lines alternating between down dip and across dip directions. Better oriented north south holes are confined to the norther margins of the prospect. Potential is illustrated in Figure 5
Next steps at Morley
Given the evidence for a second structural control on mineralisation, we have temporarily paused our drill program to undertake deep trenching and pitting to gather structural data and map dominant vein orientations within the shear zones. Once this is done drill direction/s which is currently on NE-SW lines drilling to SW can be optimised to intersect vein sets within the shear zones to give representative grades and investigate potentially higher-grade plunging intersection shoots.
It is expected that trenching will commence early Q1 2021 after a contract excavator completes its work at K4-K5.
Close spaced auger power auger drilling is being planned to extend the Morley footprint in favourable directions.
Finally, options to contract a RAB/Aircore rig to drill the covered granite greenstone contact in the area where the “Morley Structure” intersects it, are being investigated.
We have commenced trenching at K4-K5 to investigate areas where cover is thinner – in artisanal workings or where drilling shows mineralisation close to surface. Purpose of the program is to collect structural and lithological data and examine mineralisation near surface as previous drilling has been wide spaced and we are not sure if dominant trends are NNE or NE striking. This 2,000m program is expected to be completed by very early next year after which RC drilling will be commenced.
We are also in the advanced stages of planning closer spaced deep auger drilling at K4-K5 to define drill targets within the larger area of K4-K5 outside planned drill areas. The geochemical anomaly at K4-K5 is huge and extends over 7 x 6 km. Part of that program will cover extensions of drilling by Arrow Minerals (ASX:AMD) announced early this year which shows the eastern contact of the regional granite which hosts Morley is prospective. This program is expected to commence shortly.
We have recently completed a small auger program at Epeius to investigate the strike extensions of good results produced by Troy Resources (ASX:TRY) just across the projects southern boundary. Troy’s results include drill intersections of 10m @ 6g/t Au, 17m @2.2g/t Au and trench intersections of 13m @ 2.3g/t Au, 8m @ 2.3g/t Au & 11m @ 1.47g/t Au. An announcement will be made shortly and a follow-up trench program is already underway with 600m linear metres excavated to date.
The Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects for this news release is Dominic O’Sullivan a geologist, member of the AusIMM, Executive Chairman of Tajiri and who has reviewed and approved its contents.
Tajiri Resources Corp. is a junior gold exploration and development Company with exploration assets located in two of the worlds least explored and highly prospective greenstone belts of Burkina Faso, West Africa and Guyana, South America. Lead by a team of industry professionals with a combined 100 plus years experience the Company continues to generate shareholder value through exploration.
Table of Significant Drill Intersections
|NB: MTRC001 and MTRC002 were abandoned before reaching target depth and were redrilled approx.. 10m away from
each collar as MTRC005 & 6
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