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lode,

deposit of oreore,
metal-bearing mineral mass that can be profitably mined. Nearly all rock deposits contain some metallic minerals, but in many cases the concentration of metal is too low to justify mining the ore.
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lode

[lōd]
(geology)
A fissure in consolidated rock filled with mineral; usually applied to metalliferous deposits.
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Lodes has most recently served as vice president of national sales and business development for APRO II Llc, a private equity fund sponsored by America First Real Estate Group which acquires, develops and operates apartment communities in the Midwest.
The programme focussed on infill drilling within the Second Fortune Resource to provide further intercepts on the West Lode and increase drill density on the Main Lode to 150vm.
MARC0138 passed through the hinge of the anticline beneath the existing pit in a position where previous drilling had failed to penetrate through the entire mineralised sequence and therefore appears to have missed the highest grade material at the base of the lode.
In addition, a continuous hanging wall lode has also been identified which is expected to have a positive impact on mining economics.
The Matilda gold lodes in the M1, M2, M3, M4 & M5 deposits are part of a large mineralised system.
Significant gold production in the region began in the mid-1800s, after discovery of the lodes at El Callao, Venezuela, in 1824.
This initial programme at M1 was limited to the western limb of the Central Lode (Figure 1 in link below).
The 15,000m program, as announced in December 2011 and expanded in February 2012, was designed to target strike extensions in the Northern zone of the Deflector Deposit and at depth and along strike at the Central and Contact lodes.
Recent assays and the scale of the mineralisation confirm significant potential for further gold lodes within the Rocky River-Uralla Goldfield.