The Sedex potential was initially discovered by Kennecott (Rio Tinto Group) between 1966 and 1972, identifying anomalous Sedex-style zinc mineralisation up to 40m wide and with a potential for over 10km of strike. However, since 1980 the area has been the focus of regional diamond exploration, and as such the Sedex horizon at the Ragless Range Target had not been explored.
The Company has moved quickly to realise the project potential, undertaking reconnaissance field mapping, rock-chip sampling,a reinterpretation of historical data and a Aeromagnetic survey before intitiating its maiden drill programme in August 2018.
Arden enjoys access to world class infrastructure including the railway to Port Augusta, which passes just to the south of the tenement.
The region is world-class mining destination with good telecommunications and grid power and access to the recently redeveloped Port Pirie base-metals smelter.
The maiden drill programme was initiated at the first planned drill-hole location at the Ragless Range Target, where the initial drill-hole is targeting the depth extensions of a high-grade zinc sedimentary-exhalative (Sedex) horizon. The programme will comprise 2,500 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) and Diamond Drilling (DD).
The initial drilling programme intends to test for the Sedex zinc horizon along strike and at depth below the limit of oxidation, something never previously tested by the initial Kennecott exploration work. In addition to the Ragless Range Target, the maiden drilling programme at the Arden Project will also test the base-metals potential at the Radford Creek and Kanyaka prospects, where rock-chip samples assaying as high as 12.4% copper, 2.4% zinc and 0.5% cobalt present exciting drill targets.