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KMW Blog Nov 22, 2017: ABC: Flying geologist prospects for Pilbara gold in handmade Superstol aircraft

Posted: Nov 22, 2017JK: ABC: Flying geologist prospects for Pilbara gold in handmade Superstol aircraft
Published: Nov 22, 2017Misc: ABC: Flying geologist prospects for Pilbara gold in handmade Superstol aircraft
Here is a great article from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) about the aircraft Alan Ronk built to prospect the Pilbara from the sky. Alan Ronk worked for Novo on Beatons Creek until the junior gave up looking for Wits 2.0 in late 2015 and focused on developing a small mining operation. Ronk was retained by Artemis in late 2016 to help that junior figure out the unusual "mafic rocks" at Purdy's Reward Ed Mead reported on November 16, 2016. Ronk's work led to a followup news release on February 20, 2017 which described the nuggets as being associated with a bed of conglomerate similar to Beatons Creek. As before the market yawned, though not surprisingly given that Artemis had inflicted a 20:1 rollback on shareholders a week earlier. But the news did come to the attention of Novo's Quinton Hennigh whose research quickly established that what he had been seeking in the Marble Bar and Nullagine sub-basins at the eastern end of the Pilbara Craton was located 350 km away in the northwestern part of the Pilbara. Novo embarked on a "staking" spree and rehired Alan Ronk for its renewed focus on the Wits 2.0 Hypothesis. Ronk has been using his plane to track the edges of the Fortescue Group rocks for evidence of fossicker activity in the form of small pits dug in search of gold nuggets. Australians with metal detectors (good explanation of how a metal detector works) have been prowling the region around Karratha for decades in search of gold nuggets. They are the equivalent of artisanal workers in Africa and Brazil whose scrabblings reveal gold zones otherwise hidden beneath weathered rock. When I visited the region in early August Ronk had taken a break from carefully flying the Comet Well property on which Novo is still waiting for the exploration license applications made by Jonathan Campbell's group to be granted. That morining the fossicker crew below had managed to recover about $100 worth of nuggets at Comet Well from an area that had clearly already undergone heavy fossicking activity. Western Australia's Department of Mines explains the rules at its Prospectors & fossickers web page.


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