The Nipper Prospect is located in the central southern part of the Allamber Project. Drilling at Nipper in 2012 exhibited characteristics of skarn-replacement style mineralisation, with four holes now delivering anomalous values in copper (Cu), gold (Au), tin (Sn) and tungsten (W), including:
- TAL082RC: 8m at 0.52% Cu, 1,491ppm W, 0.2gpt Au
- TAL088RC: 16m at 0.11% Cu, 127ppm Sn, 0.3gpt Au
- TAL118RC: 21m at 0.05% Cu, 1,491ppm W
This mineralisation is occurring in sulphidic calc-silicate altered dolomites, which occur extensively throughout the property. Although still early-stage exploration, the results achieved to date support the interpretation that the prospect offers potential for skarn-replacement style mineralisation.
Skarns can be hosts for gold, copper, lead, zinc, iron, gold, molybdenum, tin, and tungsten ore deposits. Examples of economic skarn deposits include:
- Copper Canyon area in Nevada, USA, with producing copper, gold and lead-zinc skarns;
- Pine Creek Mine in California, USA, which was a major tungsten producing skarn;
- Hedley Mine in British Columbia, Canada, which was a major gold producing skarn;
- Tasu Mine in British Columbia, Canada, which was a major iron-ore producing skarn;
- Leadville Mine in Colorado, USA produced zinc, lead and silver from skarns.
- Renison Bell Mine in Tasmania, which remains a major tin-producing skarn.