Astral Mining Corporation

Astral Mining Corporation

January 22, 2007 07:01 ET

Astral Commences Drill Program on Roy and Hills Properties in Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - Astral Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AST)(Frankfurt WKN# A0JDX3) is very pleased to announce that it has commenced a 7-hole 1,000m Phase I Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program on the Roy and Hills gold projects. These adjacent properties are located within the prolific Walker Lane Mineral Belt of West Central Nevada, where past production has yielded more than 35 million gold equivalent ounces. Astral is earning up to an 80% interest in the properties from Amera Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AMS).

The 478 hectare (1,180 acre) Roy and the 227 ha (560 acre) Hills properties have been previously sampled by Amera with several rock samples containing significant gold and silver grades. Detailed surface sampling, mapping and ground magnetics have identified drill targets on both the Roy and Hills projects.

On the Roy property a gold-silver epithermal system is hosted within an alteration zone that outcrops over a 2.25 square kilometre area. One sample of float material collected from the central portion of the claim group assayed 41.5 g/t gold (1.2 oz/ton); gold values from additional surface rock sampling to date range between 0.030 to 0.60 g/t gold. The Hills property is located 7km to the northwest of the Roy property and hosts a prospective silver-gold epithermal system within a 1km by 500m alteration area. Rock chip sampling has returned values ranging from 0.2-70.0 g/t silver and 0.1-0.2 g/t gold.

The Roy and Hills properties are situated midway between the historic mining district of Tonopah (3.5 million ounces gold equivalent) and the more recently mined Paradise Peak deposit (1.5 million ounces gold). Both the Roy and Hills claim blocks are underlain by Oligocene and Miocene-age volcanic rocks that consist of latites, quartz latites and dacite flows that have undergone epithermal alteration and mineralization prior to being covered by lacustrian volcanic sediments and Quaternary gravels.

Technical information contained in this release has been reviewed by Dr. David Terry, P.Geo., Director and Vice President of Exploration for Astral Mining Corporation, a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101. All technical information in this news release has been previously released by Amera Resources Corporation (March 7, 2005 and April 11, 2005).

Information on the property is available on the company's website (

To view an interview with Mr. Manfred Kurschner President and C.E.O, Dr. David Terry, P.Geo., V. P. Exploration and Nick Nicholos of Interactive Mining, click here:

Astral Mining Corporation, a Grosso Group company, is a Canadian-based company engaged in the exploration and development of precious mineral properties in North America. By focusing on exploration in mining-friendly districts the company minimizes the political and social risks encountered in many other parts of the world. With an experienced technical team and seasoned management Astral is poised to leverage this expertise into early exploration success.


Mr. Manfred Kurschner, President & CEO

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

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