MINING IN ITALY
Altamin Limited is an ASX-listed mineral company focussed on base and battery metal exploration and brownfield mine development in Italy, with two 100% owned mineral projects and two under licence application.
The Company’s Gorno Zinc Project in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, is an advanced, historic mine with well-defined mineralisation. The Gorno Project benefits from strong local support, excellent metallurgy and established infrastructure. Up until 1980, the Gorno underground zinc was owned by SAMIM (a state-owned company and part of ENI) and then the unilateral decision was made to close all SAMIM owned metal mining in Italy to focus solely on oil and gas, despite there being defined mineral reserves remaining.
The Punta Corna Project in Piedmont, Italy, historically mined for cobalt, nickel, copper and silver, is an active exploration project with outcropping mineralisation, a historical bulk sample grading 0.6-0.7% Co, plus Ni, Cu, Ag and a drilling program outlined pending permit renewal Alta’s recent sampling has returned high-grade assays over >2km strike length from multiple sub-parallel veins, with good potential for further mineralised vein discovery and significant depth extension.
In addition, Altamin has lodged applications over Monte Bianco and Corchia, the two most significant copper, cobalt and manganese-rich historical mining districts in Italy.
COLLABORATION WITH UNIVERSITIES
University of Turin
“Gorno mining district (Southern Alps): ore mineral precipitation and multiphase diagenetic evolution.”
The main goal of the work is to constrain the ore-forming conditions in the Gorno district and to characterize the metal zonation in the ore-deposits. Dr. Michele Andrea Giorno – PhD
University of Naples
“Punta Corna: Hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing mineral mapping”
The study is focused on an integrated satellite-ground based mapping approach using multiple sources of spectral data with different spectral resolution, based on hyperspectral and multispectral imagery, for mapping the spatial distribution of the hydrothermal alteration associated with the mineralized veins.
Drs. Rita Chirico – PhD
“Gorno: New approaches to the exploration and evaluation of Zn-Pb sulphide and non-sulphide ores”
Using direct observations (Underground outcrops and drillcore) and indirect analysis (geochemical database) elaborate a 3D model of oxidized bodies in order to determine the spatial distribution of non sulphides mineralisation.
BSc Dr. Silvia Gioiello – Master Degree thesis
University of Milan (UNIMI) and University of Milan-Bicocca (UNIMIB)
Punta Corna: “Study of the distribution of precious and associated critical metals within active and abandoned mines as a tool to implement their primary and secondary recovery”
The project focuses on the distribution, mineralogy and geochemistry of Critical Metals (e.g. Ge, Ga, Co...) within EU mines aimed to their potential recovery as main product or by-product. The main purpose is to determine which mineralogical phases host these Critical Metals, and assess their behaviour during flotation.
Post Doc – Micol Bussolesi
Politecnico of Turin
Gabriele Baldassare – Master Degree ThesIs
University of Milan-Bicocca (UNIMIB)
– Master Degree thesIs
University of Naples
Gorno: “The Gorno Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) ore deposit (Bergamo): Characterization of the Zn “oxide-type” mineralization” - Federica Lupone – Master degree thesIs
Article: Mineralium Deposita (2020) – Mondillo et Al
University of Turin
Gorno: “Geological and structural characterization of the Vedra Valley Zn-Pb-Ag sulfide ore (Polymetallic Gorno Mining District, northern Italy)” - Federica Lupone – Master degree thesIs
The thesis work consisted in the geological-structural survey
of the Val Vedra area of the Gorno mining district, both on
surface and underground.
This was followed by the interpretation of the data in order to study the structures associated with the alpine and prealpine deformation of the Triassic successions and the ore bodies associated with them.
Giulia Domenighini – Master degree thesis