The Khnaiguiyah deposit is hosted within Andesite and Rhyolite volcanic rocks that form part of the Shalahib Formation of the Late Proterozoic Al Amar belt. Sandstone and limestone cliffs lie above the volcanic. The landscape consists of small rocky volcanic domes and shields with vast valleys of sand (sparsely vegetated) and dry seasonal river beds.
At Khnaiguiyah, four separate mineralization zones have been discovered and been given the nomenclature K1, K2, K3, and K4. Mineralization is structurally controlled by low angle thrust faults and open folding in which siliceous and carbonate fluids have percolated altering the rock’s appearance, depositing zinc and copper in the form of sphalerite and chalcopyrite.
Alara Resources Limited is an Australian-based mineral exploration and development company. Alara Resources is focused on the development of its Khnaiguiyah Zinc-Copper Joint Venture Project in Saudi Arabia with strategic partner Manajem (United Arabian Mining Company). Alara owns 60% while Manajem has 40%.
Drilling of more than 45,000m in approximately 345 RC and diamond drill holes at Khnaiguiyah by BRGM and Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company) had outlined substantial Zinc-Copper mineralization in two zones – Zone 2 and Zone 3 – and significant additional mineralization in Zone 1 and Zone 4.
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