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Mt Bruce exploration activities commence

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Acacia Coal Limited (AJC) has engaged all points sampling (APS) to conduct initial exploration activities at its Mt Bruce Copper-Cobalt project.

APS will undertake a comprehensive mapping and sampling program over the Mt Bruce tenement with the aim to provide the company with a better geological understanding of the tenement which has the potential to be prospective for copper, cobalt and nickel mineralisation. APS has mobilised a field team to collect samples which will be provided to the company to collate and process in conjunction with its geological consultants and advisors, with the aim to provide an overview of potential initial targets for follow up. Once the sampling has been received and assessed by the company, further updates will be provided in due course.

Overview of Mt Bruce

The Mt Bruce Copper-Cobalt project is located in central Western Australia, in close proximity to Tom Price, and comprises of a granted exploration licence (47/3627) which covers an area of 44.36 km2.

Mt Bruce


The Mt Bruce project is located in central Western Australia. Tom Price is approximately 1 km from the project area, providing ample access. The Paraburdoo-Tom Price Road and Karijini Drive cross cut the tenure.

Project geology

Mt Bruce is located within the Hamersley Basin, the depositional basin of the Mount Bruce Supergroup. The Hamersley Basin unconformably lie over older granite greenstone terrane of the Pilbara Craton. Underlying the project is the lithologies of the Jeerinah Formation, the uppermost unit of the Fortescue Group. The Jeerinah Formation is conformably underlain by predominantly basaltic volcanics of the Bunjinah Formation and is conformably overlain by the basal unit of the Hamersley Group comprising of banded iron formations, chert, shale and carbonates.

Exploration completed

In 1971, Western Mining Corporation (WMC) conducted sampling across the Fortescue copper project. Samples returned anomalous cobalt results 5600 ppm, 3350 ppm and 1300 ppm. The exploration completed by WMC across the project during this period was focused towards copper exploration.

Due to the market dynamics for cobalt during the period in which the exploration was undertaken, the samples were only noted as being anomalous.

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