Embracing the cyclical nature of the mining sector
Takzim and Takzim Est
Aterian Resources Ltd
Skarns and epithermal
4.48 % Zn and 9.18 % Cu (rock-chips)
Next Phase of Work:
Geological mapping and sampling
Joint Venture Partner:
The 71.8 km2 Takzim & Takzim Est project is comprised of four licence blocks situated in north-central Morocco, approximately 200 km south of the capital Rabat, 35 km northeast of Marrakech, and approximately 6.5 km east of the historic Bir n Hass copper mine. The project is accessible via asphalt roads and a network of smaller tracks. The company holds a 100 % interest in the project and is exploring for zinc and copper, specifically targetting a quartz-carbonate vein system.
The Takzim project comprises Palaeozoic metamudstones and quartzites proximal to a Hercynian-age granite and mafic intrusives. The company has completed a series of initial reconnaissance programmes across Takzim and Takzim Est which involved the verification of targets generated by remote sensing and sampling of prospected outcrops. Multiple parallel quartz-carbonate veins with a ENE orientation have been observed across the licences with the largest vein, up to 15 m wide, striking discontinuously for over 3 km. Assays from rock-chips collected along these veins have yielded results including 4.68 % Zn, 0.69 % Zn, 9.18 % Cu and 4.53 % Cu. A number of artisanal workings have also been discovered including small exploratory pits, where anomalous zinc has been recorded, through to a large 3 m diameter adit excavated into the side of a cliff face which is estimated to be c. 30-40 m long, narrowing with depth.
The company's technical team has undertaken a detailed soil survey across a number of the target areas which yielded anomalous zinc and copper mineralisation in rock-chip samples. Future work programmes at the Takzim project may include further geological mapping, detailed soil surveys and a ground magnetic survey.