ASX-listed Shaw River Manganese has revealed that new zones of manganese-in-soils have been identified between the Ongorussengo and the Labusrus deposits at its Otjozondu (Otjo) manganese project in Namibia.

“These results provide confirmation of this exploration technique and increase Shaw River‘s understanding of the controls of mineralisation at Otjo as it continues to progressively unlock the full potential of the roper line. Shaw River is continuing its program of low cost exploration techniques to identify new areas of manganese mineralisation at the Otjo project.

“We have still only drilled less than 13 per cent of the 144 Km roper line strike, so we are very encouraged by the success we are having in identifying prospective new drill targets to expand our already substantial resource base,” said Shaw River’s MD Peter Benjamin.

In 2012, Shaw River commenced soil sampling as a technique to test and identify new target areas of manganese mineralisation under the shallow Kalahari Sands cover that exists at Otjo. All analysis is completed on site with a Niton XRF1 Analyser.

The company said soil sampling results have highlighted two, strong linear anomalies trending north, each around one kilometre in length, coincident with another area of manganese mineralised outcrop and also associated with manganocrete, a surface expression often associated with better manganese grade areas.

Shaw River said it is continuing to identify new targets using low cost exploration through soil sampling, which continues to be successful in unlocking the manganese trend beneath the Kalahari Sands cover and identifying new exploration targets for future drilling. This exploration is being progressed coincident with ongoing project studies.

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