Ark Mines is advancing exploration at the Sandy Mitchell Rare Earth and Heavy Mineral Project in North Queensland.

Stages 2 to 4 of the drill program are planned, with the first batch of 1-meter interval assays for Stage 1 expected on Sept. 17.

The company has upgraded the Augur drill rig's sampling system and acquired a modern scintillometer.

Ark Mines noted favourable results from aerial reconnaissance, and metallurgical test work is ongoing, with initial results expected in the fourth quarter.