Mariana Resources Ltd (LON:MARL CVE: MRA) has started to identify targets at its recently acquired Bondoukou gold projects in the Ivory Coast.
The AIM-listed junior acquired the acreage when it took an 80% stake in local explorer Awalé Resources last month and has moved quickly to start exploration in areas where artisanal miners are already prospecting.
Initial focus will be on the three concessions, Bondoukou Est, Bondoukou Nord Est and Bondoukou Nord, close to the Ghanaian border and the Birimian Bole-Nangodi greenstone belt, which is known to host a number of high grade gold deposits in adjacent Ghana.
Artisanal miners are currently extracting high grade, vein-style gold mineralisation from within the saprolite profile and colluvium at various locations within all three concessions especially Bondoukou Est and Nord Est.
“A first-pass ‘screening’ of the extensive Bondoukou claim blocks is currently being undertaken through cost-effective regional silt, soil, and rock chip sampling programs,” said Mariana.
“The primary objective of these geochemical programs is to identify those areas with the highest potential for the discovery of new / blind gold deposits.”
Following on from this, targets will be prioritised for drilling in the second half of next year.
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