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Projects & Royalties
Aterian Resources Ltd
Intrusion-related base metal mineralisation
Target definition and prospectivity mapping
Next Phase of Work:
Reconnaissance mapping and sampling
The 29km2 Jafra project is comprised of two license blocks located in north-central Morocco, approximately 36km northeast of Marrakech, 35km east of the former Roc Blanc silver mine, and 32km by rail to port. Aterian holds a 100% interest in the project which is accessible via a number of asphalt roads and motorable tracks, which stem from the main highway that cuts the license northeast to southwest.
Jafra is located in the highly prospective Jebilet Massif, which comprises part of the Jebilet-Guemassa Metallogenic Province. The Jebilet Massif is broadly comprised of deformed Hercynian age basement rocks surrounded by discordant Mesozoic and Cenozoic formations. The region hosts a number of base metal VMS deposits including the polymetallic Draa Sfar, Hajar (Pb-Cu-Zn), Koudiat Aicha, and Kettara deposits, and has been explored by the state mining group Managem.
The project area is comprised of the lower Carboniferous (Namurian) age Sarhelf schist series and a Hercynian age pluton of which the license encompasses the eastern margin. The metamorphic aureoles of Hercynian age granites are known to host base metal deposits and occurrences in the region. There is a historically mapped lead occurrence in the suspected aureole of the granite pluton, which coincides with apparent former artisanal workings, and a reportedly 1.75km quartz-carbonate veins system.
A first phase reconnaissance exploration programme is due to commence shortly and will include an assessment of priority targets identified that include the historically mapped lead occurrence, the quartz-carbonate vein system, and former artisanal mining sites.