Lion One Metals and the University of Leicester (UK) are collaborating to deliver research into the formation of the Tuvatu gold project. PhD candidate Rose Clarke is in the first of a four year programme studying the Tuvatu ore deposit, working within a larger research project focussed on gold and tellurium-rich ore deposits. The £3M Tellurium and Selenium (TeaSe) Project is studying gold telluride deposits around the world, to better understand their formation, and the processing required to recover gold and by-products from the ore.
Rose says “Fiji’s unique tectonic history and world class gold deposits make this the ideal place to study the processes leading to the deposition of these enigmatic gold telluride systems. My project aims to link the mineralisation at Tuvatu to the magmatic evolution and subsequent interaction between ore-forming fluids and the volcanic host rocks to build a detailed model of how the deposit formed. From this, we can start to identify the best methods for future exploration in Fiji and elsewhere.”
Lion One’s Managing Director, Stephen Mann commented “Lion One is excited to have a quality PhD candidate such as Rose Clarke and an exceptional institution such as the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom involved in a research project on Tuvatu. We believe that the Tuvatu high grade gold project has the potential to become a world class project both in size and grade, and such a research project will help realise this potential in the project.”
Rose will visit Fiji and the Tuvatu deposit for the first time in June this year. “I am so excited to finally visit Fiji and work directly with Lion One on-site at the exceptional Tuvatu deposit. During my stay I aim to complete a brief regional study as well as examine core and zonation patterns at Tuvatu.”
For further details on the University of Leicester researchers, please visit: //www.centa.org.uk/about/students/roseclarke/ and //teaseproject.org/. More information on Lion One Metals and its Tuvatu project can be found here: //liononemetals.com/.