Astral Mining Corporation

Astral Mining Corporation

January 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Astral Discovers New Gold Anomalies on Jumping Josephine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2010) - Astral Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AA)(TSX VENTURE:AA.WT)(PINK SHEETS:AAMJF) ("Astral" or "the Company") is pleased to report results of a 4,689 point soil sampling program over key trends within the 400km2 Jumping Josephine gold project in Southern British Columbia. Encouraging soil and silt sampling identified new areas of interest and expanded known anomalous zones. The 2009 work program extends previously completed soil coverage and brings the total area sampled to 54km2 or 14% of the property in two grids. The soil program was based on a 100m x 100m offset pattern and designed to complement previous surveys by extending coverage between known showings and along prospective trends. Bedrock exposure is limited over much of Jumping Josephine and soil sampling has proved an effective exploration tool. Previous soil surveys over zones of known mineralisation showed positive correlations of pathfinder elements such as arsenic. Pathfinder elements are especially important at Jumping Josephine where gold-in-soil values are often low. This is particularly evident above the JJ Main discovery zone where previously reported gold-in-soil values ranged up to a maximum 420ppb. Drilling beneath the anomalous zone returned mineralised intersections including a 1 metre interval grading 61.8ppm gold from an 8m mineralized intersection averaging 12.44ppm gold in hole 08JD048 (see Nov 29, 2007 News Release).

Recent soil values include gold ranging from background up to 550ppb and have resulted in the identification of numerous follow-up targets. Contouring of gold at 5ppb shows three main anomalous areas and several point highs over the sampled area.

Anomalous area 1 is a composite zone comprised of a series of smaller gold anomalies within a 1km wide corridor extending from the JJ Main Discovery Zone some 5.6km to the Big Sheep prospect area to the southwest. This pattern supports Astral's interpretation of the JJ Main structure serving as a control for mineralising fluids in the vicinity. This broad anomalous zone is coincident with stronger arsenic and antimony anomalies, elements often associated with gold mineralisation. Arsenic-in-soils for the same area define a strong anomaly where trenching at JJ Main returned 7m @31.19ppm gold (Dec 14, 2006 news release) from channel sampling less than 0.5 m below current ground level. In fall 2009, a small 136m trenching programme, 2.5km southwest from JJ Main sought to intercept this structure at highway 3 where the company sampled 5ppm au during surface sampling in 2008. Weakly anomalous results were returned though Astral feels that the main structure was missed and further trenching is planned to intersect this feature.

Anomaly 2 is a 1km x 0.4km zone within a broadly anomalous area in the north of the grid in the area of JJ West and Hillside prospects. Soils in the area contain spot highs up to 412ppb in the vicinity of JJ West. Limited trenching in this area completed in 2008 revealed thin zones of mineralisation though interpretation of aeromagnetic data and geological mapping suggest that trenching did not test an important structure, persistent for several kilometres and oriented sub-parallel to that hosting mineralisation at JJ Main.

Anomaly 3 is a broadly anomalous zone some 2km in diameter, covering much of the Bonanza prospect grid in the south of the property where previous grab sampling returned up to 558 ppm (17.9 Oz/t) gold from veins exposed in a road cut (see Nov 7, 2006 news release). A previous soil program identified three main north-south oriented gold anomalies within the broadly anomalous zone at Bonanza. Limited drilling (2 NQ diamond holes see Sept 11, 2007 news release) intercepted trace gold and molybdenum mineralisation in both holes over significant widths. Anomalous values outside of the original grid suggest that the Bonanza target is larger than first thought and requires further testing.

Astral's 2007-08 drilling at JJ Main prospect revealed arsenopyrite to be intimately associated with strong gold mineralisation. JJ Main is hosted by quartz stockwork veining within a brittle structural zone traced for over 3km and drilled over a length of 900m. Mineralisation within the structure is variable with strong gold values concentrated in broad shoots as seen in the longitudinal drill section click here: Soil sampling along the trend of this structure, in addition to aeromagnetic data and geological mapping will assist Astral to better identify prospective zones both on this trend an in parallel structures not visible at surface.

Soil samples were collected on 100m centres on an east-west UTM grid where every second line was offset by 50m resulting in a diamond arrangement of points. All soil samples reported herein were analysed by ALS Chemex, North Vancouver by the TL42-PKG which includes the 51-element ME-MS41 ultratrace aqua-regia ICP-AES/ICP-MS multielement analysis and the newly available TL42 trace level gold aqua-regia method which utilises a large 15g sample weight for the gold analysis.

Results to date highlight a number of anomalous zones, when interpreted with aeromagnetic data, provide further insight into potential structural targets on the Jumping Josephine project. Planning and budgeting for the 2010 exploration season is underway and will consist of air- borne geophysics, trenching, diamond drilling and extensions of current soil grids.

Work reported on in this release was completed under the supervision of Astral's Project Geologist Dale Brittliffe, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

Astral has earned a 60% interest in the JJ Project from Kootenay Gold Inc. and has an option to earn the remaining 40% (see December 16th 2009 news release).

Astral Mining Corporation is a Canadian company engaged in the exploration and development of precious metal 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 a new gold discovery at the Company's Jumping Josephine Gold Project in Southern British Columbia and an experienced technical team and seasoned management, Astral is poised to leverage this expertise into early exploration success. Further details on Astral Mining Corporation and its high-quality portfolio of exploration projects can be found at


Mr. Manfred Kurschner, President & CEO

Astral Mining Corporation

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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