Botswana Diamonds (BOD) on Wednesday released an update on the company's Sunland Minerals exploration projects in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana - Sunland Minerals is a JV with ALROSA - noting they were encouraged with the latest results. The exploration company has completed its mineral sampling over the 8 previously discovered and announced high contrast geophysical anomalies in the Gope Region of the Kalahari Desert, with all 8 anomalies turning up kimberlitic indicator minerals ("KIMs") - 267 in total. Analysis of the KIMs concluded that the sources were likely to be local.
The next step, currently in process, is to prove the mineral chemistry of the grains to determine the diamond bearing potential, and if the results are positive, they said, "we would expect the joint venture to commence an initial drill program. John Teeling, BOD Chairman, commented: "The first Sunland exploration programme undertaken by BOD geologists has been successful ... 8 anomalies were sampled and encouraging quantities of KIMs were found in all 8. We are pleased by this rare occurrence for three reasons. Firstly, the abundance of a variety of kimberlitic minerals; secondly, the presence of olivines and chrome diopsides which are minerals which do not travel far in the weathering environment and finally the surface texture work indicates a local source. Our next step forward is to analyse the diamond bearing capacity before we proceed to plan for a drilling campaign."
The prolific diamond exploration and project development company believes that by combining their in-country knowledge with ALROSA's technial expertise, the joint venture will be able to discover opportunities that other companies cannot.