Aim-listed Kavango Resources has appointed specialist geological modelling firm Mira Geoscience to advance target selection for future drilling in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ), in Botswana.
Mira is skilled in advanced geological and geophysical three-dimensional (3D) modelling, including the interpretation of mineral systems and drill target identification for the mining and mineral exploration industries.
Kavango has supplied Mira with a comprehensive set of all the historical data pertaining to the northern section of the KSZ, as well as the data collected from its own exploration activities.
The data supports Kavango's assertion that the KSZ has the potential to host multiple "Norilsk style" copper/nickel/platinum group metal deposits.
The completed model will map the size, location and orientation of gabbroic sills and dykes (conduits) across the KSZ in relation to their sedimentary host rocks (Karoo) and the overlying Kalahari cover.
Mira's 3D model is designed to identify potential subsurface trap zones that occur in association with the conduits at depths of up to 300 m from surface.
Such trap zones represent areas where the heavy metal sulphides may have accumulated during the ascent of gabbroic magma towards the surface and, therefore, constitute targets for further investigation.
Follow-up would involve high-powered, low-frequency ground electromagnetic surveys to identify mineralisation prior to drilling.
“Over the last six months, Kavango has compiled a great deal of historical and current information from drill-hole logs and geophysical surveys to produce a comprehensive data-base. This will assist Mira Geoscience in the development of a computerised 3D model of the northern section of the KSZ.
"The model will be designed to identify trap zones within which metal sulphide accumulations may have developed. This modelling is state of the art exploration and we are optimistic that it will lead to a mineral discovery in the near future,” says Kavango CEO Michael Foster.