EL7301

The Linton Fault is interpreted to intersect the northern portion of the tenement. This fault is a parallel subsidiary fault characterised by poly deformed rocks (with magnetics indicating that this fault may also have associated greenstone). This is seen as important for Stawell style mineralisation (Hughes, 2001). The Mt Bute prospect that was drilled in 1995 showed that extensive zones of alteration, contact metamorphism and deformation were noted. Quartz veining is extensive and associated with structural deformation; while workings suggest that higher grade gold values are associated with a series of narrow (< 1m) discontinuous quartz veins. This prospect is associated with the Linton Fault.

An excellent correlation between gold and arsenic is observed, with higher arsenic values recorded closer to the intrusive granite to the south.

The eastern margin appears to have plunging folds strongly reminiscent of the operating Ballarat gold mine. This are has been ignored by previous explorers and could be a major new discovery in the area. Initial soil sampling over the region will help to ascertain if gold mineralisation is present and possibly the nature and extent. Using the known gold arsenic association and the more ubiquitous arsenic movement, this multi element geochemistry is considered most likely low impact method for a successful first phase.