Desert Gold Ventures Inc. has concluded its previously announced drill programme at Segala West. This programme is a first step to further testing of the numerous mineralised structures and significant gold in soil anomalies that lie on the property.
A short drill programme was conducted at Desert Gold's Segala West property in November and December 2017. 60 holes totalling 4356 m were drilled, including three core, one core/reverse circulation, 18 reverse circulation and 38 air core holes.
The programme was designed to test three newly discovered artisanal zones – Baroya, Baroya North and Yatia West – and to test below a large artisanal open pit on the Segala West trend, where rock samples have returned up to 12 g/t gold over. Three core holes were drilled to provide structural information for three of the zones. The RC holes tested below the artisanal mining sites and the air core holes began testing the multitude of strong gold in soil targets and conceptual targets on the property. The Baroya NW zone, a recently discovered artisanal mining site, returned a RC drill intercepts of 0.92 g/t gold over 22 m. This newly discovered zone is unique in the region in that the mineralisation is associated with stockwork-type, primary style hematite, sericite and perhaps albite altered sedimentary rock with no visible sulfides and limited amounts of quartz veining. Grab samples of this material have returned up to 39.2 g/t gold with visual gold. Because of the unique style of mineralisation, samples have been sent out for mineralogical analysis and gold deportment studies. Additional holes are recommended to test this area and other areas that display stock-work type hematite alteration.
Two new gold zones were discovered while testing gold in soil anomalies with an air core drill. One of the new occurrences lies 800 m north of the Baroya artisanal zone. This hole returned two intercepts including 0.5 g/t gold over 7 m from surface and 0.99 g/t gold over 8 m at 18 m down hole. A second air core hole near another newly discovered artisanal zone, Yatia West returned two high grade intercepts of 7.16 g/t gold over 1 m and 7.13 g/t gold over 1 m. Follow-up drilling is warranted at both locations. In addition, a parallel, northeast trending structure that cuts a granitic body where a 'Roxgold-type' target has been generated still needs to be tested. The company will undertake an aircore programme over this target later this year.
Drilling at the Segala West Zone extended the gold mineralisation to depth, below a large artisanal mining pit with an intersection of 0.8 g/t gold over 7.2 m. The Segala West Zone lies along trend of Endeavour's currently mined Segala underground mine and the previously mined Segala Northwest open pit. Additional work needs to be done in this area to test this well mineralised structural trend.
Desert Gold's President Jared Scharf commented: "As a first pass drill programme, our team is very pleased with these results. The programme confirmed continuity of known zones and discovered several new zones confirming grab sample results from exploration work. A unique hematite-style mineralisation has been discovered which we are only beginning to understand. These are challenging targets with mineralisation often focused at structural intersections leading to the pinch and swell of the mineralised, gold-bearing lenses. We have learned a great deal from this short programme where we are only beginning to understand the potential at Segala West. A great deal of follow up work is justified and we will aim to begin a second phase of drilling in 2Q18. In the meantime, our exploration team will continue its field work comprising of more geological mapping and prospecting to further refine our targets and improve our understanding of this property."