Geology

Geology

Concession Geology

The concession area is represented by Precambrian rocks that form part of the extensive Neoproterozoic orogenic belt referred to as the Arabian - Nubian Shield. The Hodine concession displays a wide range of rock units that incorporate tectonically interleaved remnants of oceanic and island-arc material and high-metamorphic-grade gneisses associated with orogenesis that occurred shortly after terrain accretion. Late-stage intermediate - felsic igneous intrusions punctuate the ophiolite landscape.

Outcrop exposure across the Hodine Concession area is generally very good with only a modest percentage of ground (<20%) being covered in sand/and or wadi alluvial material.

Figure 6. Geological map of the Hodine concession with gold occurrences and planned and completed drill holes indicated.

Figure 6. Geological map of the Hodine concession with gold occurrences and planned and completed drill holes indicated.

Prospect Geology

The Hutite prospect is situated in a 15 km strike length, steeply dipping, north-west trending structural corridor that has been subject to significant late-stage alteration and quartz vein development. The structural corridor delineates the deformed western margin of a regional NW-trending belt of ultramafic rocks and to the south and the sheared margin of a large (meta-) gabbro-diorite intrusive complex to the east. This important metamorphic domain boundary between the high-grade gneisses east of Hutite and the lower-grade island-arc and ultramafic rocks has previously been interpreted as a regional extensional detachment that formed during development of a metamorphic core complex in this region. It is highly probable that the Hutite Structural Corridor has at least partially re-activated along sections of this key earlier-formed domain boundary.

Figure 7. Geology of the Hutite Structural Corridor

Figure 7. Geology of the Hutite Structural Corridor

Figure 8. Combined schematic cross-section B-B' and C-C' across the Hutite Structural Corridor.

Figure 8. Combined schematic cross-section B-B' and C-C' across the Hutite Structural Corridor.

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