Javier Orduna | How the “Lost Mountain of Gold” Was Discovered & Drill Result Update

The Rodruin project was discovered in December 2017 and is also known as the “Legendary Lost Mountain of Gold”.  Aton was aware that there was a legend of mountain of gold that used to be mined many millennia ago somewhere on their massive 738 square kilometer, 100% owned Abu Marawat Concession located in Egypt’s Arabian-Nubian Shield.  While studying the aerial imagery of their concession, Aton’s team of explorers noticed some ancient trails leading up to a mountain.  When they hiked up the mountain for the first time, they discovered the extensive remains of ancient mine workings.  The story is like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.  Aton’s initial reverse circulation drill results have already revealed an impressive intersection of 36M of 12.47 g/t.  This is a project to keep your eye on.

Javier has 20+ years of experience primarily as an exploration geologist, and has worked in Australia, Central Asia, west and north-east Africa, Europe, Cuba, and the Middle East. He has worked in regional greenfield exploration, through to brownfield mine-based exploration, and also spent time as an underground mine geologist at St Ives in Western Australia. He has also worked on several feasibility studies and mine development projects, and has been involved in successfully bringing several major projects through to production in Kazakhstan. He has experience in a wide variety of geological settings, and mineral types and has been involved in gold, copper, chromite, nickel, bauxite, iron ore, and mineral sands exploration and development projects and has extensive experience in VMS deposits.

Javier has a BSc in Geology from Southampton University, and also has master’s degrees from the Camborne School of Mines and Imperial College in the UK.

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Bill: Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for tuning in to another Mining Stock Education episode. I’m Bill Powers your host. We are providing ongoing coverage of Mining Stock Education sponsor Aton Resources and their Rodruin project that they’ve been drilling right now. Aton trades on the Venture Exchange in Toronto under the ticker AAN and on the OTC Markets in the States under the ticker ANLBF. Aton is a gold explorer in Egypt in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. They’ve already put out some phenomenal drill results on the Rodruin project in the last few weeks. One hole even hit 36 meters at 12.47 grams per ton gold and that was starting from 5 meters below surface. Joining me today on the program to discuss this project and the recent drill results is Javier Orduna, Aton’s Exploration Manager. Javier has over 20-plus years of experience as an exploration geologist, working on many continents on both Greenfield and Brownfield projects.

So, Javier, welcome to the program.

Javier: Yeah. Hi, Bill. Thanks for having me. It’s good to talk to you today.

Bill: Yes. Well, I’m thankful that Mark Campbell, Aton’s CEO, put us in contact with one another as you oversee the drill program and the exploration program there. Let’s start before we zero in on the Rodruin project, could we back up and talk about the Arabian-Nubian Shield and the large land package, the Abu Marawat Concession that Aton possesses.

Javier: Okay. Well, we’re located in Egypt of course. We’ve been exploring in Egypt for about 10 years now. It’s a pretty interesting and under-explored part of the world. We’re in the Arabian-Nubian Shield, and the part of which we’re in is the Nubian shield which is, obviously, on the Northeast African side of it. The ANS is a Neoproterozoic shield area that has effectively been… It’s about 600 million years to 800 million years old, the rocks that we’re working in. And it’s an ancient cratonic area that has been split in two relatively recently by the development of the Red Sea. So, we see similar rocks and similar mineralization types both in the North Africa Nubian side where we are and also on the Saudi Arabian, the Arabian Peninsula on the other side. So, what is applicable to Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula is certainly also applicable to the Nubian side, so that includes Egypt, that includes Eritrea and Ethiopia, and various other parts of Northeast Africa. It’s a pretty prospective part of the world, as I say. It’s really very under-explored. I think there’s good exposure which we don’t see in other parts of the world such as maybe Canada and certainly Australia. And as I say, it’s really under-explored.

There’s a significant number of fairly major mines and projects in the area. I don’t know how familiar some of all your listeners are with it. And certainly, in Egypt, we have the Sukari mine operated by Centamin which is, without doubt, a world-class gold deposit. They currently have reserves and resources of…total reserves and resources of almost 20 million ounces. So, we’re talking a fairly substantial gold deposit. And then mining at half a million ounces per annum. So, that is a big gold mine by anyone’s estimation. There’s numerous other deposits within the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Historical mine and the Saudi Arabian side is Mahd adh-Dahab. Now that’s been mined going back to Pre-Ptolemaic time, so probably over three and half thousand years. And going back into history and legends and people have described it as the original King Solomon’s Mines. But that again, is another significant and large goldmine which has been producing for many, many hundreds of years.

So, these are the kind of targets we’re looking for and possibly analogous to in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. The ANS is also well-known, relatively well-known for VMS style deposits which have been explored and exploited in the last decade or so. Obviously, most people are fairly familiar with Bisha which is a pretty big significant VMS deposit in Eritrea. There’s a number of other deposits in Eritrea, VMS’s. And again, people are probably reasonably familiar with Barrick’s Jabal Sayid projects in Saudi Arabia. So, the ANS it’s an important part of the world. It’s a significant geological area which carries significant stars of gold mineralization and precious metal mineralization. And as I said, for various reasons, political, geographical, it really is fairly under-explored. So, we’ve been here for a while, Aton have been here for a while and we’re pretty excited about the area.

In terms of our license area we operate the Abu Marawat Concession. The concession is almost 740 square kilometers in size. Now, again, by anyone’s stretch, that is a fairly sizable area and we’re quite happy to have the opportunity to explore it. To give you, again, a little bit of background on the company. The company is largely focused on two deposits within that area. So, since we first started really doing work on the ground in about 2009, the first three or four years were really concentrated on drilling as a resource at the Abu Marawat deposit. We then shifted our focus over to Hamama where we’ve drilled out another resource at Hamama West. And within the last probably 18 months, I suppose, we pivoted away from directly exploring these two main deposits and have really started at looking at the regional, regional potential for the whole of the Abu Marawat Concession.

Now, as I said, it’s a fairly big area. You can get around to most parts of it but you can’t just drive from A to B. Some of the terrain, as you you’re probably aware, is fairly rugged, so to get from one end of a license, and we’re based at Hamama which is at the western end of the license to get to other parts, you know, you’re looking at two, two and a half hours potentially to get to the furthest parts of the license. And we haven’t been everywhere. But what we have done, as I say, is we’ve really been looking at the regional potential as we see it and there are numerous other potential areas and prospects that we’ve been looking at over the last 18 months, which we’ve been going through fairly systematically evaluating them. And we’ve developed what we think are some interesting ideas and certainly some of them look really great in terms of exploring them.

But towards the end of last year 2017, we were turning our attention to some old processing sites at East Eradiya, and there were some underground workings in the area, and we were, again, reviewing as part of our systematic review of known mineralization sites within the license area. It was basically the work we were doing at East Eradiya which led us into the discovery of Rodruin.

Bill: And how did that discovery come about? When I talked to Mark he talked about even using satellite imagery to discover it.

Javier: Yeah, well, that’s right. I think most people who’ve worked in Sudan and Egypt are aware and fully aware that satellite imagery is a very exceedingly useful technique out here. We’re not in a situation like Canada, for example, where you have vegetation cover. Essentially, the area is entirely covered with rock and sand, so you have plenty of good exposure other than in woody and valley areas where you have sediments in valley system. So, basically, you have bare rock sticking out of the surface. Now, the ancients, as you’re aware, have been mining in Egypt. There’s a history of gold mining going back through Egypt well over 3,000, 4,000 years back to the Old Kingdom times and possibly before that. So, people have been mining gold in Nubia and what is now Egypt, so upwards of about 5,000 years probably. And you can actually see these sites because of nature of the ground, they’re still there. It’s very dry. We don’t have vegetation cover. We have bare rock exposed at surface, so you can see. You can see evidence of the ancient workings.

One of the things we did as part of our regional exploration study was a spectral imaging, a couple of spectral surveys, a couple of remote sensing surveys which were quite useful. We did a preliminary land [inaudible 00:09:01] survey which was very useful. And then we did some follow-up, a couple of more detailed follow-up surveys over the immediate Abu Marawat and Hamama areas. Now, Rodruin didn’t actually lie in one of the two detailed follow-up areas. It effectively lay between the areas selected for detailed follow-up, but it stood out fairly strongly as a spectral clay-iron anomaly.

Now, the work we were doing at East Eradiya, it has been well known. There’s a reasonably good volume of literature available on ancient workings in Egypt and as I say through Sudan, through the Nubian area. And as I mentioned before, you can see all the ancient mining sites. They’re there and they’re clear on the ground. There’s old houses as you walk out to these sites and there’s ancient bits of pottery liner, and which have probably been lying on the ground for 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 years depending on how old this workings actually are.

So, there’s useful archaeological evidence which it’s a very useful tool to be used in this part of the world. So, there was a well-known processing site at East Eradiya. There was a fairly substantial volume of ancient process waste tailings, but the actual site, the location of source of this ore had never been located. So, we went back and we looked at this work, we looked at tailings and we sampled some of this material and some of it was going… We got a few samples which were above 20 grams per ton and that was in tailings. So, clearly, the primary rock which they had been mining was of a pretty decent grade and represented a fairly good attractive target if they were leaving 20 grams behind. So, we went back, we looked at the site, we discovered some underground workings which were partially covered by wadi sideminets a little bit further to the north. We did some trenching over them, but that didn’t really answer the question, “What was the source of the ore that was being processed at East Eradiya?”

So, we started tracking our way up the wadis near the East Eradiya site. And as we went, it was boots on the ground stuff. It was old-fashioned boots on the ground, a lot of it was walking on the ground, and we were finding some pretty substantial and significant evidence, archaeological evidence of ancient processing. The further we went, and you could see more and more of these processing sites up the side valleys. And then we could also tell from types of sites we were seeing, they’re relatively technologically advanced, so it looks like they’re early Arabic periods, so we’re going back to pre-1,000 AD, so at least over 1,000 years old these sites, but they’re relatively significant and sophisticated. I mean, and there’s evidence of step washing tables. What the ancients were doing was damming water inside galleys and they would dam water, and then they had a series of step washing tables which they would use to actually wash the gold out of the processed ore.

A lot of it comes back to, “Jason and the Argonauts” stuff. So, they would actually use fleeces, they would actually use animal skins and lay them out on the washing tables and wash the crushed ore over this material and the gold would actually be captured in these fleeces. So, that’s where the legends of Jason and the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece actually came from. So, it was evidence this kind of technology that we were seeing on the ground. So, combined with this and combined with the spectral imagery at Rodruin site, the target which we had at Rodruin, we then went back and looked at, again, the satellite imagery. And the more we looked, we could actually start to identify a number of features actually at Rodruin which looked interesting. We couldn’t be exactly clear what they were.

In a lot of places you see evidence of old houses and very distinct old mining settlements, and they’re very distinctive of ancient mining areas within Egypt and there’s hundreds of them around. We didn’t see many houses at Rodruin, but what we did see was features on the ground that looked like they could have been excavations. It wasn’t clear but it looked like they might have been. But what we could see which was particularly interesting and particularly distinctive was number of paths, and there was some fairly clear tracks and paths which led up to the areas that were of interest, the spectral anomaly, and they basically led down from this fairly remote mountainous area down into the valleys over wadis down to the processing site. So, we put all this together and we thought, “Well, we need to go and check this place out.” So, sure enough, we went and checked this place out, and we were pretty impressed with what we found the day we went up there.

Bill: And since that discovery, then you’ve done a lot of trenching, which has come back with great results, and the trenching also relates to constructing the roads to bring the drill rigs up there. You’ve been drilling now for several weeks and you’re using reverse circulation drilling. Can you talk about why you chose to use reverse circulation drilling and why it’s better for this project rather than diamond drilling?

Javier: Yeah, sure. If I could just step back very quickly into how we actually got to where we are now, I’ll go for it pretty quick. But I just like to emphasize the sites which we found at Rodruin, it was pretty remote, it was pretty rugged, it’s pretty isolated. So, we were walking basically 10 kilometers in there every day over some pretty tough sort of ground. So, when we discovered it in December last year, for the first three or four months we had field teams walking in there every day sort of clambering over some fairly, as I say, tough terrain and we did a series of surface sampling programs which gave us the confidence. They came back with good results, of course. We took probably about between 100 and 200 surface samples. We tried to sample over the whole Rodruin area as wide and as comprehensive an area of things that looked interesting and pretty much everything came back mineralized. So, we developed our confidence that we were seeing mineralization spread over a very wide area at Rodruin.

Subsequently to that, in March after we’d carried out these initial surface sampling programs, we then started pushing a road into site. Now, that took us… We started in March and we completed it just after the end of Ramadan, which was about middle of July. So, that took us about three and a half months basically, we shut down over Ramadan. Not much happens in the Middle East during Ramadan. So, it took us about three and a half months using excavators basically to push this road up through the mountains, though Rodruin sites. It’s pretty tough terrain as I say, but we were fairly pleased with the progress to get there. Around the middle of July, as I say, we arrived at the area which we call Aladdin’s Hill, which is the main area of ancient working, so certainly, not by any means, the only area of ancient workings but they’re probably the main area of the largest workings which we discovered. We got there around the middle of July and as soon as we got there, we’ve now got three excavators on site. We started pushing roads around the whole site to start to develop drill access to bring the rigs in.

As we started pushing roads a lot of the area, again, I’m sure most of your listeners will have seen some of the photos. There’ll be familiar with nature of the terrain. A lot of it is on fairly steep slopes. We’re seeing a lot of scree cover on slopes, so we’re not always seeing fresh rock that’s exposed. Now, as we started pushing roads around the site we started exposing mineralized bedrock. So, what we’ve been doing is channel sampling along roads where we see what looks like mineralization and what is in mineralization. And we’ve had some pretty good results come back from that.

So, we’re exposing pretty wide areas of gold possessing mineralization at surface over significant areas. Now, this work is still ongoing as we push further to the Southeast and down the South Ridge. We’ve just got to an area at the far end, which we call the GF Zone and we’re building new paths there, we’ve only just got there in the last couple of days, so what we’re doing is exposing a whole load of new gossanous material down there and also up high on the South Ridge. So, as we go, we’re exposing mineralization and, as I say, we’re sampling it, and clearly, your listeners will have seen some results and we think they’re pretty significant. But what these results are showing is that it’s confirming good mineralization at surface over a pretty wide area at Rodruin prospects.

We started drilling at Rodruin. The plan has always been to bring in a multi-purpose rake. There’s been no RC drilling done in Egypt going back over 10 years since the early days of exploration or at the Sukari project. Now, I started my career in Australia and RC is a perfectly standard technique that was developed in Australia for drilling oxidized ground and dry ground. What you actually get, we drill out 140-millimeter holes, so it’s a big hole. It’s much larger than, say, HQ or PQ size diamond core and it’s also about a quarter to a third the cost of diamond drilling per meter. So, in terms of meters drilled, you get an awful lot more bang for your buck from using RC.

When you’re in dry ground, you get a perfectly good sample. Our samples are weighing about 35 kilograms per meter, which is a pretty substantial sample which is certainly a lot more than a meter of HQ core. So, you get a good big sample of rock and you can log it and you can get a lot of geological information out of it, and it’s a perfectly useful valid technique to be used. So, it’s cheap, it’s effective, you get a good sample out of it and it works well particularly in oxidized but certainly in dry ground. Now, we’ve got a very big compressor. We’ve got…the compressor will produce up to 500 PSI which is a lot of air. So, that has the capacity to lift a lot of sample. So, this rig can probably drill to about 300 meters without any problems RC.

So, certainly, to start us off on this project that covers pretty much what we need. So, it’s an obvious, it’s a valid and it’s a useful technique. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t or wouldn’t use RC. There’s number of logistical issues which make RC a lot better to use, frankly, in Egypt as well. If we’re doing diamond drilling, we would have to supply the rig with water. We would need a flush, whereas with the RC all we have is a big compressor that sits on site and that effectively is your flush.

Now, where we’re working it’s a fairly remote and it’s a fairly dry area, so I think everyone is well aware, so we have to truck in water. Now, we know from our previous experience of drilling similar ground conditions at Hamama, that as soon as you drill into holes or voids with diamond drilling, you can lose tons and tons of water into these holes. You lose your circulation and it can become a real problem with drilling. So, we knew that was likely to be the case, and given the remoteness of the site and being able to supply the rigs with water, flush was a logistical issue. It’s something we would have to look at going down the trunk, but it was not something which we wanted to get involved with straightaway.

And our experience as you know, we’ve hit an awful lot of underground voids and if you’re diamond drilling you just pour your flush, you pour your water and that will just disappear off into the ground. So, it’s a lot easier to drill some of this broken ground with voids with RC than it actually would be with diamond because you’d lose your circulation into voids as you see in this oxidized material site. We’re very happy using RC. We think it’s appropriate and we actually think it’s the best type of drilling for the type of ground we’re looking at here at Rodruin certainly to start with.

Bill: A few weeks ago you released the first three drill holes and the market reacted very enthusiastically to that. Please talk about those first three holes.

Javier: Okay. The first three holes were targeted at the area we call Aladdin’s Hill. Aladdin’s Hill is specifically there’s an area of mineralization which is associated with a number of deep ancient workings which we’ve been down some of them, we’ve been down some and sampled them to a depth of about 40 meters below ground level. We know they are well mineralized. We reported that. We reported that in April I think when we sampled these underground workings. This is what we believe the ancient miners were exploiting. This is where we believe they were getting a lot of the high-grade material which was processed at East Eradiya from. From what we’ve seen, we’re pretty confident that the paths lead from Rodruin down to East Eradiya.

So, as I say, we’ve developed our theories as we’ve gone along but we believe that all the evidence, geological evidence ties up that the ancients who were mining high-grade mineralization at Rodruin, some of which came from the Aladdin’s Hill area specifically and taking it down to East Eradiya. So, it’s Aladdin’s Hill that’s at the northwestern end of the South Ridge and it’s where the access road came in. So, it’s the area which we first arrived at and it had the deepest mineralization. Mineralization here is these…I won’t call them coat stains [SP] because they’re not coat stains but they are zones of solizification which were selectively mined by the ancients within a zone of exceedingly altered rock.

Now, the rock types at Rodruin essentially can be divided into two types. One is carbonate rocks, and the second type is sediments and meta-sediments mainly slates and greywackes sandstone type rocks there. At Aladdin’s Hill, the rocks are exceedingly altered. We think they’re probably highly altered sediments but we can’t be 100% sure. But what we know and, again, we sampled over the surface as a zone of mineralization that is wholly mineralized. We did a grid pattern, that’s sampling over the surface which was in conjunction with the general sampling we’ve done and every single sample which we took. And these are not selected samples. We rock chipped. We would select an area just go up to it and non-selectively rock-chip it. And all the sampling over the Aladdin’s Hill area, the altered rock between the actual high grade shoots which miners had…the ancient miners have mined out, that averaged four grams per ton of surface which is not bad.

So, we targeted the first three holes on Aladdin’s Hill on this specific rock type. The first one, we didn’t quite hit what we were expecting. We didn’t go into this altered material. It was to the west of the fault but that came back with two reasonable intersections, holes two and three intersected good thicknesses of this altered material. And particularly hole three had two very high-grade zones 3, 4 meter wide zones within a approximately 40 meter zone of mineralization, 40 to 50-meter zone of mineralization ore. It’s all mineralized down to about 50 meters. Some of it we didn’t report at all because it was blown and cut-off grade we use which was half a gram. But within that zone, we had two zones. I think one of them assayed 221 grams plus a couple of 10s next to it.

And there was another zone a couple of about 10, 15 meters further down the hole, 1 meter of which assayed I think, 94 meters. And again, there was a couple of other assays, it wasn’t just a one-off. We had another couple of assays within that zone which were going 10, 15 grams. But essentially, this reflects what we’ve said and what we believe to be the case all along where within this zone of highly altered rock there are specific type zones which were targeted by the ancient miners which carry exceedingly high-grades of mineralization such as the 221 that we saw in hole three.

So, the drilling confirmed what we expected to see, a broad zone of this altered rock containing within it restricted zones. The whole thing is obviously not, as I said, it’d be nice if it was, but clearly, the whole thing is not going to be grading 200-plus grams. But what we’re seeing is broader zones of mineralization was with very high-grade zones within it. And this is also…this is a specific example which we’re seeing at Aladdin’s Hill since the second tranche of results which we’ve put out we haven’t been targeting the specific altered area but we’ve been targeting more gossan-hosted mineralization, which is associated with gossanous slates and sediments and also carbonate rocks. And we see an awful lot of this mineralization all over exposed at surface all over the whole of Rodruin area. And as we’re currently pushing our roads out to develop new paths, we believe there’s potentially very significant amounts of this gossan-hosted mineralization. Excuse me.

So, what we’re seeing, again, is this mineralization is not all going to be 10, 20, 30, 100-gram mineralization, gossan-hosted mineralization, but there’s likely to be very large volumes of it. So, large bulk tons at a lower grade but still a perfectly respectable minable economic ore grade. So, that’s what we’re seeing. And it’s what we’ve always said all along if you go back and look for our press releases and our descriptions of what we’ve said we think we have at Rodruin. We’ve always thought since day one that we’re seeing two styles of mineralization. One is gossan-hosted mineralization which is lower grade. And within that you will see the higher grade shoots, higher grade zones which were obviously preferentially exploited, mined by the ancients, some of which run some spectacular grade.

So, our target at Rodruin is going to be a large bulk deposit, multi-million tons. It’s a sizable target. We see mineralization exposed at surface over an area covering 700 meters long strike by 400 meters width, not… The whole of it’s not mineralized, of course, but you’re seeing a very broad spread of mineralization at surface. We also have vertical elevation variations within that. So, we’re looking at potentially mineralization spread over a very large area at economic grades and within that we believe there will be some exceedingly high-grade sweeteners, one of which we drilled with hole ROP-003 at the beginning of the program.

Bill: Centamin’s Sukari is a world-class gold mine which you’ve referenced already is 200 kilometers to your South. They have up to 20 million ounces of reserves and resources, gold ounces. Do you think what you’re looking at here at Rodruin, does it have the potential to reach…of that scale?

Javier: That’s a good question, Bill. It’s a bit early days. I think the geology is very different. One of the things that’s particularly interesting about our Abu Marawat Concession is we’re seeing a whole bunch of different styles of mineralization within our own license area. So, we’re seeing more standard orogenic style gold mineralization, structurally controlled mineralization. At Hamama, we see, again, carbonate related precious and base metal mineralization, not entirely dissimilar to what we see at Rodruin, not the same, but it looks similar in certain ways. So, we’re seeing a whole number of styles and mineralization. We’ve also identified what we believe are intrusion-related styles of gold mineralization, and certainly, this looks to be a significant style of mineralization throughout Egypt, probably, also down into Sudan and also occurs in Saudi Arabia. So, we believe we’re in a significant IR province which obviously has a potential to host some pretty significant gold deposits.

Does Rodruin have the capacity to grow to something likes of Sukari? Well, as I say, I can’t really say it. It’s not the same type of deposit. It’s a bit hard to know exactly what Sukari is. Centamin are not exactly free with information. They don’t publish an awful lot of information about it, but certainly Sukari appears to be related to granitic intrusive host. Is it an IR deposit? I don’t know. Is it a porphyry gold deposit? I don’t know. But it appears to be more that style of deposit. Rodruin is something different, so I don’t want to draw a direct comparison between, yes, it could be another Sukari. But clearly, what we are sitting on is another very significantly mineralized system. It has a huge footprint. Not too many gold systems have a footprint which we discovered at surface and we’ve only just started, only just started drilling.

So, clearly, it’s a very large system. Clearly, it has a lot of potential and we are very optimistic. As I say, it’s very early days. The drilling is showing a lot of interesting stuff. We’re starting to see mineralization in fresh rocks now, deeper drilling, base metal associated mineralization we’re wasting on assays, but we’re seeing Galena, and chunk of pyrite, and sphalerite, and fresh rocks which gives us the copper and the gold and the zinc which we see at surface. So, we’re now starting to confirm mineralization. We’re seeing at…well, mineralization we’re seeing at surface. We’re certainly starting to see what we believe is its analog in the fresh rock. So, we believe we’re onto a very big mineralized system. What is the potential for it to grow into? Well, who knows how long is a piece of string.

Bill: As investors keep watch of this program, what should we expect going into the end of the year?

Javier: Well, we plan to keep drilling and more or less up until Christmas as we continue to push over South Ridge and we may even start pushing up onto the North Ridge. Our intention is to expose as many of the areas that are mineralized at surface. We’re not just gonna concentrate in one particular area. As I say, we’ve got a big area. We’re not trying to drill as a resource in this first phase. What we’re trying to do is get out and drill test as much of the Rodruin prospect as is practical today at an early stage to give us an idea of the potential of the area. So, we will be more or less drilling until Christmas, and hopefully, we’ll be putting out a steady stream of news on the drill results.

Now, not every result is gonna be like the first ones. It wasn’t an entirely coincidental. We targeted what we thought was gonna be one of the best areas with the first holes. But we will certainly be targeting mineralization over a large area and we will be expecting to report on significant zones and whips of mineralization which we believe will be potentially indicative of about potential of the deposit. And we also hope that we will be reporting some pretty good grades in some holes, which will be confirming our belief that there are high grade zones within the bulk deposit which we think we’re sitting on. So, time will tell. As I say, we don’t have any more assays through. We’ll keep putting them out as they come through, but I am confident that we’ll be drilling out what we think is gonna be a pretty substantial bulk gold deposit and the information will keep coming through over the next few months.

Bill: So, investors, to stay on top of the latest news flow, go to www.atonresources.com. Make sure you sign up for their email list, so as soon as the press releases about these forthcoming drill results are released, you can get those first thing in the morning. Remember Aton trades on the Venture Exchange in Toronto under the ticker AAN and on the OTC under the ticker ANLBF.

Well, Javier, I have enjoyed our discussion. It has been very enlightening. Thank you for taking the time to update us on this project.

Javier: Yeah, no worries, Bill. It was good to talk to you and hopefully, we can catch up again.

Bill: Absolutely. Have a great day.

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