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  • Red Dirt Metals (RDT) receives encouraging results from an XRD analysis of drill core samples from the Mt Ida project in WA
  • The work confirms the predominant lithium-bearing mineral within the sample is spodumene and that the mineral distribution fits an idealised pegmatite model
  • Red Dirt is about to begin a 25,000-metre drilling program at the project and will receive more assays from the drill core samples within the next three weeks
  • Company shares closed down 3.01 per cent at 80.5 cents each

Red Dirt Metals (RDT) has reported results from a semi quantitative XRD analysis.

Consulting lab, Microanalysis Australia, analysed four samples of half of the core from drill hole IDDD002 at the Mt Ida project in Western Australia.

Two samples were selected from the upper and lower contacts of the pegmatite zone. A further two samples were chosen from material within the central portion of the pegmatite interval in the diamond hole.

The analysis aimed to provide a better understanding of the mineralogy and petrology of the system, and to characterise the mineral assemblage within the pegmatite intersected in IDDD002.

The results confirmed the predominant lithium mineral within the samples is spodumene of up to 63 per cent.

CEO Matthew Boyes said the analysis was a great start to improve the company’s understanding.

“Having now confirmed what we originally identified visually as spodumene being the dominant lithium bearing mineral from within the sampled interval in hole IDDD002 and that the mineral distribution fits an idealised pegmatitic model, we are confident we are exploring a system with huge potential and look forward to starting drilling next week.”

Red Dirt Metals contracted Orlando Drilling to undertake an initial 25,000-metre reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling program at Mt Ida.

Further assays are still pending from IDDD002 and will be reported within the next three weeks.

Company shares closed down 3.01 per cent at 80.5 cents each.

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