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We’re constantly tracking the latest drilling updates, and recently, many projects released new reports. Check out the summarized update below for recent exploration and mining activities from major mining countries worldwide.

Note: This analysis is based on disclosed public filings and maintains an impartial perspective.


Champion Electric Metals Inc. - James Bay Region: Initial findings from the Western Prospect reveal enriched lithium, with geochemical assays showing lithium enrichment in a 5km by 500m corridor. Highlight intercepts include significant tourmaline and spodumene.


enCore Energy Corp. - Alta Mesa Uranium Project: Reported high-grade uranium intercepts, including a 0.760% U3O8 over 11.0 feet in the Production Area Authorization. Total of 126 holes drilled since last update.


Outcrop Silver & Gold Corporation - Santa Ana Project: Drilling at El Dorado reveals 3.05 meters true width at 16.08 g/t Au and 2,719 g/t Ag.


Orpheus Uranium Limited - Erudina Prospect, Frome Project: Drilling campaign expected in Q2 2024, focusing on sedimentary-hosted uranium setting. Approximately 30 holes planned for 7,000 meters.

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Normetal South Project

Company: Red Rock Capital Corp.

Geography: Canada

Minerals: Gold

Date: 02/12/2024

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The property, located in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, exhibits geological features conducive to hosting orogenic gold and volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits. Historical exploration, including a helicopter-borne geophysical survey, has identified significant anomalies suggestive of semi-massive sulphides. The report suggests that the property, given its geological setting and proximity to historical mining activities, merits further exploration. A proposed two-phased exploration program aims to investigate the potential for polymetallic mineralization, with the ultimate goal of advancing the project towards defining a mineral resource.

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