Copper minerals observed at surface over 1,000 metres at Morris Creek
Friday 25 September 2009
Copper minerals observed at surface over 1,000 metres at MorrisCreek
Copper and gold explorer Queensland Mining Corporation Ltd said today initial surveys of its MorrisCreek tenement in northwestern Queensland showed copper minerals were visible at surface across 1,000 metres.
QMC’s copper, gold and cobalt prospect sits on the southern border of Cudeco Ltd’s Rocklands copper project.
“Similar styles of mineralisation appear to exist on both Cudeco's and QMC’s EPMs,” Managing Director Howard Renshaw said.
“Early reconnaissance has detected areas with visible copper carbonate (malachite), in surface rocks and some outcrop.
“One central area of the site revealed copper at surface over a 60 metre wide area with breccia, extending in periodic outcrops for over one kilometre. Striking at 310 degrees, it follows the same regional strike direction as Cudeco's major mineralised zones.”
Mr Renshaw said previous mapping and rock-chip sampling programs reported rock-chips samples assaying as high as 19% copper.
QMC is finalising a Sub Audio Magnetic (SAM) geophysical survey over the Morris Creek EPM, with results keenly anticipated given the success of the same survey at Rocklands.
“We anticipate a first-pass drilling program of at least 5,000 metres during October/November and drilling will commence soon after receiving the SAM results which will assist with defining the drill locations.”
QMC has a cooperative relationship with Cudeco and Cudeco has offered to assist QMC where required due to their extensive structure and geological knowledge, gained from their drilling at Rocklands.
QMC’s exploration program is being run by its chief geologist Guojian Xu, formerly a senior geologist for Xstrata Copper.
“Dr Xu has specialised in the Mt Isa/Cloncurry mineral region and QMC is fortunate to have secured someone with his experience.”
QMC owns more than 50 mining leases in the Cloncurry mineral region.
These include mining leases at the Mt Freda Gold Mine, the Flamingo and Evening Star Copper Gold Mines, Mt Norma Copper Silver Mine as well as the former Mt Isa Mines-owned Young Australian copper mine and several MLs near the giant Mary Kathleen uranium mine -- all of which historically were copper producers.