Reconnaissance geological mapping over Lanka Graphite’s exploration licences in southwest Sri Lanka has resulted in identification of several new vein graphite targets.

The ASX-listed company has received the second set of results from the mapping exercise conducted by GSMB Technical Services. The mapping is assisting the company in defining the presence of old graphite workings and interpreting geological controls.

The mapping has identified more than 20 existing pits, shafts and adits on two exploration licences and has also highlighted structural and lithological trends that may be related to vein graphite mineralisation.

Results of the mapping will underpin detailed geophysical surveying and it is anticipated that this will identify targets for core drilling later this year.

Lanka Graphite’s executive chairman Jitto Arulampalam said, “The reconnaissance mapping continues to yield encouraging results in our campaign to identify economic vein graphite resources in our tenements in south-western Sri Lanka. In conjunction with previous mapping and VLF survey results, these results will help to focus a detailed geophysical surveying phase to enable drill planning.”

Given that Sri Lanka was previously a major world supplier of high-quality vein graphite, extensive mining and prospecting for graphite occurred in the country over the past two decades. Old shafts, adits and prospecting pits are ther4efore a common starting point for present day exploration.

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