The Neon prospect is a 2,300m X 400m gold-in-bedrock anomaly (> 0.1 g/t Au) that was defined by shallow aircore (AC) drilling in the 1990’s. Bedrock lithologies comprise strongly altered (haematiteepidote-silica) mafic volcanics and epiclastic sediments on the northern margin of the Burns granitoid intrusive. The intrusive is defined by a discrete gravity low and is surrounded by a halo of strong magnetic susceptibility. There is a north-northwest trend to the Neon anomaly, which suggests a structural control in that orientation. The north-south orientated aircore drill traverses virtually parallel to that trend. Given that the dispersion of gold in the partially stripped regolith is subdued and that the drill lines are 320m apart, there is a case for a series of east-west aircore traverses to be drilled across the trend to define the system. The anomaly is open to the south-southeast on E26/184 where there has been no drill testing of the structurally complex western margin of the Burns intrusive.
The bedrock gold anomaly that defines the Neon Prospect requires angled air core drilling on east west orientated traverses. Depending on results, drilling will be extended to the south along the structural trend for 3000m. Drilling in this area will require a specialised lake drill rig.