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N.M.Mer., I like your sense of humour :biggrin:


My apologies to Commander C for hijacking his perfectly good question about termite mound sampling and having some fun with it :(


Some research turns up the following:


From http://www.abc.net.au/rural/resource/stories/s2560308.htm :


Termite mounds hold key to our mineral wealth


By Emma Haskin from , ACT


Monday, 04/05/2009


Drill rigs could be a thing of the past in mining industry if you've got termites on your lease.


Termites travel deep into the Earth's surface and essentially do the work of a geologist by bringing up soil samples and providing an indication of what minerals are where.


Anna Petts, a geoscientist from the University of Adelaide says her research could save the industry money by cutting expensive exploration costs.


"Termites are very interesting creatures. They bring material from deeper below the surface and mix it with grasses, if they're grass harvesters and top soil to make their mounds.

"So their mounds essentially become a sampling point or something we can take a sample of and send off for geo-chemistry and mineralogy to understand what's lying below the surface without having to dig too deep or drill." ...


And from http://www.afrol.com/articles/10447 :


afrol News, 10 November - Aided by unconventional techniques, more and more gold deposits are found in southern Mali. The Canadian company North Atlantic Nickel is using the labour of termites to discover gold in the harsh condition of these Malian outskirts, making considerable successes.




The industrious termites, while digging their tunnels, transport the hardest particles to the top layer of the soil, where materials are more easily sampled. Thus, an analysis of the termite mounds can give a quick answer to the contents of deeper laying levels of soil and even rock.


- As opposed to simply taking surface soil samples, termite mounds allows us to get samples of very deep underlying soils, which would normally only be accessible via drilling or trenching, explains Nathalie Roy of North Atlantic Nickel. "Termites will dig down to the water table and that can be very, very deep," she adds.


The termite mounds serve as early indication as to what may be found in the soil below but the termites actually bring up mineral grains from down below the topsoil and hard laterite in what's called saprolite which is disaggregated bedrock, Ms Roy explains afrol News. "They dig to the water table or the colony dies, and the water table can be 10's of meters below surface but is generally about 10 meters below surface." They cannot go through bedrock, however.




Reinventing this ancient and cheap method, the Vila Manica copper deposit in Mozambique were discovered in 1973. Later, the biggest kimberlite (diamond) mine in the world - Jaweng in Botswana - was found by termite mound sampling. Several gold prospects in Southern Africa have since been discovered through the termite method, and a new science, termed "geozoology" has even been established to further develop the technique.


For North Atlantic Nickel's Mali operations, the reinvented method going scientific has already made operations more sustainable. In the remote areas of southern Mali, poorly connected to the main infrastructure of the region, such cheap methods can mean the exploration or non-exploration of the many promising gold fields of the area.


North Atlantic Nickel is especially keen on using "those little termites 'gold diggers'" for its own purposes in Mali. The company's President Jon North, who also is a geologist, on his own was able to observe the insects' tremendous work when he "picked up 1/2 g Gold from a termite mound sample collected at our Kantela property in western Mali," Ms Roy tells afrol News.


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That's fascinating! Thanks to Commander C for asking the question, prompting me to do some research and learn about this.



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How are our "eusocial" friends doing?




Termites in the human diet

In many cultures, termites (particularly the winged ones known as alates) are used for food. The alates are nutritious, having a good store of fat and protein, and are palatable in most species with a nutty flavour when cooked. They are easily gathered at the beginning of the rainy season in West, Central and Southern Africa when they swarm, as they are attracted to lights and can be gathered up when they land on nets put up around a lamp. The wings are shed and can be removed by a technique similar to winnowing. They are best gently roasted on a hot plate or lightly fried until slightly crisp; oil is not usually needed since their bodies are naturally high in oil. Traditionally they make a welcome treat at the beginning of the rainy season when livestock is lean, new crops have not yet produced food, and stored produce from the previous growing season is running low.[citation needed]


They are also eaten in Indonesia, including Central Java, where they are roasted or fried.



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Been in this one for awhile... makes holding through the gloom worthwhile!


Nice drilling result... done wonders for the SP


Back to 13. 5 as I type with a lazy 100% mark up?



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Me too, have watched today's movement with a dropped jaw. At the risk of appearing really stupid, what is going on? Have checked with ASX announcements etc and can find nothing to account for this incredible rise (may it continue tomorrow), but it certainly is welcome.

Results may have been promising but this sort of rise?

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Sipa skyrockets on big copper find

22-Aug-2011 by Dan Wilkie


Sipa Resources shares are up more than 125 per cent since the company announced a big copper find at its Thaduna project, adjacent to Sandfire ResourcesÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ DeGrussa mine in the Pilbara.


Sipa said on Friday that drilling rigs had intercepted a blanket of copper carbonate up to 1.3 kilometres wide on two north-south lines 500 metres apart, across 100 metre-spaced holes at Thaduna.


By close of trade today the companyÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s stock was up 127.7 per cent, to 15 cents.


Sipa said the results were undoubtedly the most impressive in the Doolgunna area since SandfireÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s DeGrussa finds two years ago.


ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Our challenge is now to define the ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¹Ãƒƒâ€Â¦ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“depth and lateral, extentÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ and the ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¹Ãƒƒâ€Â¦ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“grade distribution of the copper blanket and then to find its primary source,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ the company said in a statement to the ASX.


Sipa has been exploring at Thaduna for the past six years on the belief that the project tenements are highly prospective for a very large copper deposit.


"We believe that the Enigma discovery vindicates the thoughtful, methodical and iterative approach taken to exploration at Thaduna, but also realise that this is still early days," Sipa said.

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