The Prairie Creek Project is located 120 km southwest of Gladstone and 25 km southwest of Biloela, central Queensland, in the EPM 26852 tenement area.
This portion of Central Queensland is highly prospective for porphyry related gold, copper and molybdenum mineralisation like the Cracow epithermal gold deposit 80 km to the south. Duke selected this project area based on targeting using proprietary mineral occurrence databases and targeting workflows.
The Prairie Creek prospect, which is the highest priority for follow up exploration, is associated with a NE trending elevated gold geochemical soil anomaly (0.5 – 5.0 g/t Au) extending over a strike length of 1.6 km and with a width of 200 m. A zone of outcropping epithermal veining associated with visible gold is spatially associated with the soil anomaly that is over 85 m wide and striking over 450 m with the southern end drilled, but the extent and continuity beyond this outcrop not tested.
Only the southernmost localised geochemical high soil anomaly was drilled at Prairie Creek, which resulted in several promising intersections of gold, for example
- 52 m at 2.11 g/t Au from surface in RC93GW5, including
- 6 m at 6.5 g/t Au from 6 m and
- 10 m at 3.2 g/t Au from 42m.
The advanced argillic alteration zones mapped in the project area may have formed by hydrothermal alteration by source intrusions at depth and enhances the prospectivity of the area to host a significant porphyry mineral system.
For more information follow this link to the Duke Exploration IGR(PDF download).