The Nimbus Ag-Zn-Pb-Au deposit is located within the Kalgoorlie Terrane near its margin with the Kurnalpi Terrane. Nimbus is bounded by northwest trending shear zones, the Kanowna Shear Zone to the east and the Boorara Shear Zone to the west.
Nimbus is a shallow-water and low-temperature volcanic hosted massive sulphide (VHMS) deposit with epithermal characteristics (i.e. a hybrid bimodal felsic deposit), which is consistent with its position near the margin of the Kalgoorlie Terrane.
The local stratigraphy comprises a NW-trending and steeply-dipping bimodal-felsic package of volcanic rocks (i.e. quartz-feldspar porphyritic dacite and lesser basalt, plus their autoclastic equivalents) with subordinate carbonaceous mudstone, tuff, polymict conglomerates and volcanic breccias. Komatiite flows, volcanic sandstones/siltstones, carbonaceous mudstone, basalt and dolerite were intersected in a distal drillhole (Hollis 2015).
Nimbus primary sulfide resources occur as a series of stacked plunging lenses, overlying mined supergene and oxide mineralisation. Silver production from the Discovery and East pit produced 3.6 million ounces of silver.
In the primary sulfide zone, early well-developed massive pyrite is underlain by 1) semi-massive, stringer and breccia-type Ag-Zn±Pb(Cu-Au) sulfides (including: pyrite, low- and high-iron sphalerite, galena, pyrargyrite, marrite, boulangerite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, Ag-bearing tetrahedrite) associated with the autoclastic facies of thick units of dacite; and 2) stringer and disseminated sulfides (dominated by pyrite and sphalerite) in coherent pseudo-brecciated dacite at depth. Hydrothermal alteration is characterised by intense and pervasive quartz-sericite-carbonate±Cr-V mica, with chlorite predominantly associated with mafic units (Hollis, 2015).
The Nimbus project has a high grade silver zinc resource of 255,898 tonnes @ 773 g/t Ag and 13% Zn that has been estimated from the global Nimbus resource of 12.1 million tonnes @ 52 g/t Ag, 0.9% Zn and 0,2 g/t Au.
Nimbus – All Lodes – JORC – compliant Resource Summary (April 2015)