The Project is located on the northeast end of the Alabama Graphite Belt and covers approximately 500 acres in Coosa County Alabama. The Project is a historic mine active during World Wars I & II. The Ceylon Graphite mine historically targeted friable outcropping graphite mineralization, averaging approximately 3-5% graphitic carbon. Mineralization is at surface, and the graphitic host rock was mined historically with shovels and excavators with no drilling and blasting required.
South Star is currently developing plans and making preparations for the Phase 1 exploration program at the Project. This initial work will include RC drilling to further define the extent and structure of the deposit and will be combined with additional field mapping and surface sampling. This first phase is tentatively scheduled to begin early in 2022. Subsequent phases will include diamond core drilling, bench and pilot scale metallurgy, preliminary resource estimation and engineering. South Star will also continue to expand and develop the excellent relationships with the community, as well as with local, state and federal agencies, originally established by the Charge Minerals’ team.
> Regional scale and local geologic and structural mapping and sampling program.
> 29 trenches totaling 2,769 linear meters were dug to a maximum depth of approximately 2 meters. The trenches were mapped, logged and 765 samples plus standards and duplicates (5 per 100 samples) were analyzed.
> 100 tonnes of bulk ore samples were collected from across the claims, and a bench scale process circuit using 10 representative samples was tested at GIRCU Laboratory in Guangzhou, China. The testing indicated a traditional crush/grind/flotation concentration circuit achieved grades of approximately 96-97% with approximately 86% recoveries. In general, approximately 75-80% of the ore concentrates (by mass) is -80 mesh material and the balance being +80 mesh material. The ore was described as well liberated and easy to process.