Mr. Peter Tallman reports
MESSINA INTERSECTS 5.5% COPPER OVER 4 METERS AT BROOK ZONE, VICTORIA PROPERTY
Messina Minerals Inc. has received final assay results from a nine-hole diamond drill program at the Brook prospect within the Victoria property in central Newfoundland, Canada. The highlight of the drill program was an intersection from 20.58 metres of 5.5 per cent copper over 4.0 metres in hole VIC11-02. The Victoria property is within Messina's large approximately 450-square-kilometre land package prospective for base metal deposits and located approximately 20 kilometres from the Duck Pond zinc-copper mine.
The objective of the drill program was to test the near-surface continuity of copper-enriched massive sulphide mineralization (see news releases Dec. 16, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012). A total of nine holes were completed to depths down hole ranging from 30 metres to 60 metres with 430 metres in total of core recovered. Holes were spaced 25 metres apart and tested a 75-metre strike length to a depth of approximately 50 metres vertical.
Six of nine holes intersected pyrite- and copper-bearing massive sulphide intervals over 1.0 to 4.0 metres down hole with assays from 1.1 per cent copper to 5.5 per cent copper. An abundance of "chaotic carbonate" alteration is associated with the massive sulphides. The sulphide zone is shown to be continuous across the 75 metres of length tested. The sulphide zone has an apparent dip of approximately 45 degrees. The VIC11-02 intersection of 5.5 per cent copper over 4.0 metres and those other holes drilled at 45-degree angles approximately estimate true thicknesses. A drill hole summary is listed in the table attached.
SUMMARY OF BROOK PROSPECT DRILLING
From To Interval Cu Pb Zn Ag Au
Hole ID (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (%) (g/t) (g/t)
VIC11-01 18.38 19.88 1.50 0.5 0.6 3.1 0.1
VIC11-09 35.54 37.54 2.00 1.4 2.7 0.1
VIC11-02 20.58 24.58 4.00 5.5 0.1 0.1 11 0.1
VIC11-04 45.96 47.96 2.00 1.1 0.1 0.9 4 0.1
VIC11-05 No significant values
VIC11-03 26.77 29.77 3.00 1.3
VIC11-06 44.25 45.25 1.00 1.3
VIC11-07 50.08 51.08 1.00 0.1 0.8 1.9 10 0.1
VIC11-08 39.36 41.36 2.00 1.4
The results of the drilling program are consistent with those obtained from grab sampling the limited exposures available. Peter Tallman, president and chief executive officer, states, "The Brook prospect contains copper-bearing massive sulphide enveloped by an abundance of carbonate alteration which suggests the immediate area continues to be prospective."
Drill core samples
NTW size drill core was recovered by New Valley Drilling of Springdale in Newfoundland. Core samples were collected by sawing the core in half with one-half sent for assay and one-half retained and archived. Drill core samples in this news release were submitted to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, Newfoundland for analysis. Eastern Analytical analyzed for copper, zinc, lead, and silver using a 50-gram subsample by aqua regia digestion and atomic absorption finish, while gold was analyzed by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish using a 30-gram subsample. Messina uses sampling and quality analysis/quality control procedures standard to the industry including maintenance of chain of custody, the retention of pulps and coarse rejects, and the use of standards, blanks, and duplicates.
Peter Tallman, PGeo, chief executive officer of Messina Minerals, is the qualified person who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical data contained in this news release.