High Desert Gold Corporation
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High Desert Gold Corporation

August 19, 2010 13:11 ET

High Desert Gold Announces Strong Drill Results from Its Gold Springs Project on the Nevada-Utah Border

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2010) - High Desert Gold Corporation ("HDG" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:HDG) announces results from the Phase I drill program at its Gold Springs Project that was conducted in both Utah and Nevada. The program was successful in extending the known gold mineralization within the main Jumbo Zone and also intersected a second, deeper zone in one drill hole that has potential to further extend the mineralization. The Company completed a total of 11 reverse-circulation drill holes for a total of 5,980 feet or 1,822.7 metres.

Strong gold-silver mineralization was intersected in all holes within the Jumbo Zone in Utah. This zone has now been demonstrated to extend over 800 metres along strike and remains open ended both at depth and along strike.

Ralph Fitch, President of the Company, stated "The Jumbo Zone is the first of eleven potential zones on the property. Management believes there is significant potential at Gold Springs. The Jumbo Zone is a large tabular body of mineralization presently about 800 metres long dipping at approximately 70 degrees to the east that has been identified from surface to depths of a couple of hundred metres. Mineralization is a wide envelope with samples averaging 0.3 to 0.5 g/t gold which contains a higher grade central portion averaging greater than 0.6 g/t gold with bands exceeding one gram per tonne. Typical gold grades carried as reserves in other heap leach mines in Nevada and elsewhere, include Marigold 0.63 g/t, Round Mountain 0.64 g/t and Fort Knox 0.45 g/t. We plan to follow up aggressively with further drilling at Jumbo and other zones."

Substantial widths of mineralization were intersected in several holes including the following:



DDH m Gold Eq g/t GT m
J-10-3 97.5 0.63 61
J-10-4 169.16 0.60 101
Gold eq based on $1,000/oz Au and $16/oz Ag
Intercepts represent approximate true thicknesses
GT=grade x thickness


These intervals include smaller (5-20m) intervals of greater than one gram/tonne as demonstrated in the table below. Nine holes were located within the Jumbo system and two were located on the Midnight target. A summary of the drill hole results is listed below:



Interval(i)
with Gold Eq Cumula- Gold
Drill greater than tive Average Average Equivalent Grade x
DDH value shown From Thick- Gold Silver "Gold Eq" Thickness
Jumbo gpt Gold m To m ness m gpt gpt gpt "GT" m
Mineralized
J-10-1 Envelope 6.1 89.9 83.8 0.25 5.7 0.34 29
greater than
J-10-1 0.6 10.7 33.5 22.9 0.56 11.5 0.74 17
greater than
J-10-1 1 10.7 24.4 13.7 0.78 14.9 1.02 14

Mineralized
J-10-2 Envelope 1.5 56.4 54.9 0.40 6.5 0.50 28
greater than
J-10-2 .6 4.6 47.2 42.7 0.49 7.7 0.61 26
greater than
J-10-2 1 4.6 12.2 7.6 0.80 12.7 1.01 8
greater than
J-10-2 1 44.2 50.3 6.1 1.03 8.2 1.16 7

Mineralized
J-10-2 Envelope 109.7 190.5 80.8 0.31 5.7 0.40 32
greater than
J-10-2 .6 157.0 178.3 21.3 0.54 4.8 0.61 13

Mineralized
J-10-3 Envelope 0.0 184.4 184.4 0.31 9.2 0.46 84
greater than
J-10-3 .6 12.2 109.7 97.5 0.44 11.5 0.63 61
greater than
J-10-3 1 12.2 30.5 18.3 0.84 12.2 1.03 19
greater than
J-10-3 1 45.7 59.4 13.7 0.76 15.9 1.02 14
greater than
J-10-3 1 70.1 82.3 12.2 0.64 23.3 1.01 12
greater than
J-10-3 1 176.8 181.4 4.6 0.87 20.2 1.19 5

Mineralized
J-10-4 Envelope 3.1 182.9 179.8 0.39 11.7 0.58 104
greater than
J-10-4 .6 3.1 172.2 169.2 0.41 12.1 0.60 101
greater than
J-10-4 1 27.4 48.8 21.3 0.75 16.4 1.02 22
greater than
J-10-4 1 64.0 73.2 9.1 0.78 18.3 1.07 10
greater than
J-10-4 1 129.5 134.1 4.6 0.63 41.8 1.30 6
greater than
J-10-4 1 147.8 157.0 9.1 0.51 35.9 1.09 10
greater than
J-10-4 1 161.5 166.1 4.6 0.98 3.3 1.04 5

Mineralized
J-10-5 Envelope 12.2 134.1 121.9 0.33 8.2 0.46 56
greater than
J-10-5 .6 13.7 22.9 9.1 0.60 7.9 0.73 7

greater than
J-10-5 .6 53.3 80.8 27.4 0.55 10.1 0.71 19

greater than
J-10-5 1 13.7 19.8 6.1 0.84 10.2 1.00 6
greater than
J-10-5 1 53.3 65.5 12.2 0.84 12.2 1.04 13


Mineralized
J-10-6 Envelope 56.4 125.0 68.6 0.27 9.1 0.41 28
greater than
J-10-6 .6 76.2 108.2 32.0 0.39 13.7 0.61 20
greater than
J-10-6 1 80.8 91.4 10.7 0.62 24.9 1.02 11

Mineralized
J-10-6 Envelope 207.3 268.2 61.0 0.22 6.6 0.33 20
greater than
J-10-6 .6 227.1 243.8 16.8 0.47 10.7 0.64 11
greater than
J-10-6 1 227.1 234.7 7.6 0.80 18.5 1.10 8

Mineralized
J-10-7 Envelope 30.5 91.4 61.0 0.22 6.6 0.33 20
greater than
J-10-7 .6 50.3 65.5 15.2 0.51 11.6 0.69 11
greater than
J-10-7 1 50.3 57.9 7.6 0.80 18.5 1.10 8

Mineralized
J-10-8 Envelope 6.1 19.8 13.7 0.27 8.4 0.40 6
greater than
J-10-8 .6 6.1 13.7 7.6 0.42 12.5 0.62 5
greater than
J-10-8 1 6.1 9.1 3.1 0.85 25.1 1.25 4

Mineralized
J-10-9 Envelope 33.5 102.1 68.6 0.25 4.4 0.32 22
greater than
J-10-9 .6 39.6 57.9 18.3 0.49 8.0 0.62 11
greater than
1 47.2 53.3 6.1 0.88 10.5 1.05 6

(i)Interval is developed using a 0.1 gpt Au Eq cut-off
Gold eq based on $1,000/oz Au and $16/oz Ag
The gold equivalent grade assumes that metallurgical recoveries and net
smelter returns are 100%
Intercepts represent approximate true thicknesses


For more details, please see Gold Springs representative maps and drills sections on the Company's website, www.highdesertgoldcorp.com.

Reverse Circulation drill hole J-10-02 intersected a second zone of mineralization within the footwall which could add significantly to the potential of the Jumbo system. This drill hole was still within the mineralized envelope when it was terminated at 190.5 metres. Two holes were also drilled on the Midnight target in Nevada. Only minor mineralization was encountered.

These latest drill results expand on and confirm previous drilling prior to the Company's involvement with Gold Springs. In an earlier announcement (see HDG PR10-05, March 18, 2010) previous drilling on the Jumbo target area by Energex Minerals Ltd.("Energex") (1988) and Astral Mining Corporation ("Astral") (2006) returned significant gold and silver intercepts over a strike length of 850 metres with the zone being open in both directions along strike. Examples of the drill results obtained from Energex and Astral are shown in the following table: (The J88 series drill hole results were obtained from the Energex drill hole sections. The GS-06-01 data were obtained from the data base provided by Gryphon Gold Corporation, the company that HDG signed the original option agreement on Gold Springs with in 2009 (see HDG PR 09-11, October 15, 2009).



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Gold
Drill From To Interval Gold Silver Equivalent
Hole Target (metres) (metres) (metres) gpt gpt Grade
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Northern
Section
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J88-6 Jumbo 50.3 103.6(i) 53.3 0.35 12.0 0.54
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including 82.3 103.6 21.3 0.54 20.7 0.87
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GS-06-1 Jumbo 24.4 149.4 125.0 0.657 6.8 0.765
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including 24.4 74.7 50.3 1.401 10.1 1.564
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including 24.4 54.9 30.5 2.027 12.3 2.224
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including 24.4 32.0 7.6 6.715 25.6 7.125
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Middle
section
100 m
South
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J88-4 Jumbo 13.7 71.6(i) 57.9 1.28 13.9 1.50
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including 13.7 16.8 3.1 17.07 42.0 17.75
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J-88-5 Jumbo 16.8 91.4 74.6 0.80 15.4 1.05
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including 19.8 21.3 1.5 12.48 31.0 12.98
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and 77.7 79.2 1.5 8.68 53.0 9.53
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South
Section
180 m
South
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J88-1 Jumbo 21.3 61.0(i) 39.7 1.68 12.7 1.88
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Including 36.6 51.8 15.2 3.00 16.6 3.27
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J88-2 Jumbo 27.4 83.8(i) 56.4 1.27 12.7 1.47
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Including 57.9 70.1 12.2 3.16 20.7 3.49
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J88-8 Jumbo 80.8 118.9 38.1 0.58 15.8 0.83
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including 96.0 106.7 10.7 1.36 35.5 1.93
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Gold eq based on $1,000/oz Au and $16/oz Ag


J88-1, J88-2, J88-4 and J88-6 end in mineralization of 1.54, 0.33, 0.5 and 0.41gpt gold respectively.

The J Series drill hole results were obtained by Energex in 1988 and pre-date the current NI 43-101 requirements; however, the NI 43-101 report issued by Astral, dated July 5, 2005 and available under Astral's profile at www.SEDAR.com, indicated that the author had viewed the original assay certificates and the report quotes assays from these drill holes. The actual intervals disclosed above are taken from Energex and Astral's drill hole sections and data bases which the Company has in its possession. However, these results have not been verified by the Qualified Person on behalf of the Company but the Company believes these earlier results to be representative of the style of mineralization at Gold Springs.

The Gold Springs property is a joint venture with Fronteer Gold Inc. ("Fronteer") which succeeded Gryphon Gold Corporation whereby HDG can earn a 60% interest over a 5 year period by making US$1 million in exploration expenditures and making payments to Fronteer of US$160,000. During the past month HDG has located an additional 57 claims in the area to bring the total number of unpatented lode claims to 297which are located within Lincoln County, Nevada and Iron County, Utah, comprising a total of approximately 6,300 acres or 2,550 hectares.

Assays carried out for HDG at Gold Springs were performed by Inspectorate Laboratories, an ISO 9001:2000 Certified laboratory located in Reno, Nevada. Gold is analyzed by the Au-1AT-AA method that includes 1 assay tone fire assay with an AA finish. Gold Values greater than 2 gpt were re-assayed using the Au-1AT-GV method that includes a 1 assay tone fire assay with a gravimetric finish.

The Qualified Person on the Gold Springs property is Randall Moore, Executive Vice President of Exploration, High Desert Gold Corporation and he has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.

EXPLORATION UPDATE

At the Canasta Dorada property in Sonora, Mexico, Norvista Resources Corporation (See HDG PR10-13, July 2, 2010) is currently undertaking surface work and is expected to undertake a drill program on the property in the fall of 2010.

At the San Antonio gold-silver project, also in Sonora, a geophysical program is continuing in order to locate drill targets. Drilling is expected to take place in the 4th quarter of this year.

ABOUT HIGH DESERT GOLD CORPORATION

The Company is a mineral exploration company that acquires and explores mineral properties, primarily gold, copper and silver, in North America. The major properties held by HDG are the Canasta Dorada gold property in Sonora, Mexico, the Gold Springs gold project situated along the border between Utah and Nevada and the San Antonio gold project in Sonora, Mexico. The Company is currently well funded for the exploration programs in 2010 and has only 22.9 million shares outstanding.

Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements look into the future and provide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include words such as "likely," "could," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "should," "estimates," "expects," "believes," "indicates," "targeting," "suggests," "potential," "interpretation, representative" and similar expressions. Information concerning the interpretation of chip sample results and also geology may be considered forward-looking statements, as such information constitutes a prediction of what mineralization might be found to be present if and when a project is actually developed. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties, which are more fully described in the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis of Financial Position and Results of Operations filed and publicly available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Actual results may materially differ from expectations, if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Except as required by law, HDG assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

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