Benton Resources Corp.
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Benton Resources Corp.

November 20, 2009 11:04 ET

Benton Identifies Bulk Tonnage Target at Golden Harp Cook Zone; Including 1.69 g/t Au Over 37.6 m, 2.05 g/t Au Over 45.1 m, 1.36 g/t Au Over 15 m, and 0.92 g/t Au Over 27 m

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - Benton Resources Corp (TSX VENTURE:BTC), ("Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the results from the second phase drill program on the Golden Harp Option. A compilation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 results for holes GH09-01 to GH09-10 on the Cook Zone has identified a bulk tonnage gold target which includes intercepts of 1.69 gpt gold over 37.6 meters from GH09-01, 2.05 gpt gold over 45.1 metres from GH09-02, 1.36 gpt gold over 15 metres from GH09-09 and 0.92 gpt gold over 27 meters in GH09-10.

In addition, drilling identified wide zones of highly anomalous gold mineralization from the MC zone as well as from several Induced Polarization (IP) and soil geochemical targets located between the Cook and MC zones.

The Phase Two drill program included three holes (GH09-08 to GH09-10) which tested the Cook zone, three holes (GH09-21 to GH09-23) which tested the MC zone and 11 holes (GH09-11 to 20 and GH09-23) which tested various IP and soil geochemical exploration targets located between the Cook and MC zones.

The Company is very encouraged about the exploration and drilling on the Block A Option to date as these programs have clearly identified a large gold-bearing alteration system with the potential to host significant gold mineralization. A further drill program is planned for early 2010.

The Phase Three drill program will focus on the bulk tonnage target at the Cook zone, the newly discovered Crocker zone, (surface grab samples of up to 9.7 gpt gold – see previous press release dated October 1, 2009) and additional testing of the anomalous gold mineralization intersected in this drill campaign.

The Golden Harp Block A property is located approximately 100 km south of Timmins and 87 km southwest of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Benton is currently in the midst of earning up to a 70% interest in the property from Golden Harp Resources Inc. (Benton P.R March 12, 2009).

The table below lists drill hole intercepts from Phase 1 and 2 drill programs. A map showing drill locations can be found on the company's web site.

HOLE ZONE / TARGET FROM TO Au (g/t) Drill thickness
      (meters)
GH09-01 COOK ZONE 200.1 231.2 1.99 31.1
      
GH09-02 COOK ZONE 86.7 92.7 0.75 6.0
   114.7 157.3 2.15 42.6
  incl 130.4 135.9 11.97 5.5
  and 152.0 155.0 3.28 3.0
      
GH09-03 COOK ZONE 216.6 221.6 1.43 5.0
      
GH09-04 COOK ZONE 123.2 146.6 0.42 23.4
   163.7 169.4 0.74 5.7
      
GH09-05 COOK ZONE 182.0 205.5 0.31 23.5
      
GH09-06 COOK ZONE 55.9 73.9 0.2 18.0
   174.5 177.5 21.41 3.0
      
GH09-07  no significant results  
      
GH09-08 COOK ZONE no significant results  
      
GH09-09 COOK ZONE 51.5 127.8 0.62 76.3
  incl 85.0 99.0 1.42 14.0
      
GH09-10 COOK ZONE 24.0 84.0 0.68 60.0
  incl 35.0 45.0 0.83 10.0
  and 57.0 60.0 2.39 3.0
  and 74.0 84.0 1.2 10.0
      
GH09-11 IP ANOMALY no significant results  
      
GH09-12 IP ANOMALY no significant results  
      
GH09-13 IP ANOMALY no significant results  
      
GH09-14 IP / SOIL ANOMALY 20.60 42.9 0.72 22.3
  incl 25.50 27.5 2.36 2.0
  and 35.5 42.9 1.16 7.4
      
GH09-15 IP ANOMALY 168.2 171.6 0.49 3.4
      
GH09-16 IP ANOMALY 41.0 62.0 0.72 21.0
  incl 44.0 50.0 1.32 6.0
   230.0 239.0 0.53 9.0
      
GH09-17 IP ANOMALY 116.0 167.0 0.22 51.0
      
GH09-18 IP ANOMALY 83.4 86.5 0.6 3.1
      
GH09-19 IP ANOMALY 83.0 101.0 0.42 18.0
   129.5 141.5 0.23 12.0
      
GH09-20 MC ZONE 57.50 69.5 0.34 12.0
   118.60 153.0 0.3 34.4
      
GH09-21 MC ZONE 71.00 131.00 0.33 60
  incl 71.0 75.0 1.54 4.0
  and 127.0 131.0 0.88 4.0
   180.5 192.9 0.59 12.4
      
GH09-22 MC ZONE 187.0 203.0 0.7 16.0
  incl 187.0 193.0 1.53 6.0
   216.0 338.0 0.33 122.0
  incl 282.0 291.0 0.72 9.0
      
GH09-23 MC ZONE 103.0 105.0 1.95 2.0
   134.0 158.0 0.27 24.0

Benton currently has approximately $14.2 million in cash and in addition to holding various interests in a number of exploration projects, owns a 33% interest in Coro Mining Corp (TSX:COP), holds an approximate 5% interest in Marathon PGM Corp (TSX:MAR) and retains a 2% Net Smelter Royalty on the northern portion of the Marathon PGM deposit.

Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is the qualified person responsible for this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.

Stephen Stares, President

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.

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