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High Desert Gold Corporation

January 18, 2008 09:02 ET

High Desert Gold Corporation Intersects Gold Mineralization at the Canasta Dorada Property in Sonora, Mexico

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2008) - High Desert Gold Corporation ("HDG" or the "Company") (TSX:HDG)(TSX:HDG.WT) is pleased to announce results from seven diamond drill holes from its ongoing drill program at the Canasta Dorada gold property in Sonora, Mexico. Five of the seven drill holes are shown in this table with all seven drill holes shown in a subsequent table in this press release.



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Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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DDH CD-07-014 10 1.686
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including 4.5 2.828
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DDH CD-07-006 8 2.128
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including 5 3.243
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DDH CD-07-012 8 0.652
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including 2 1.57
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DDH CD-07-008 27 0.552
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including 7 1.138
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DDH CD-07-002 13 0.213
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2 0.496
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Ralph Fitch, President of the Company stated that "These early drill results indicate that the exposed gold mineralization in the Big Pit extends under cover within the flat lying structural zone and the geology in the drill holes for which we are awaiting assays strongly suggests that this zone extends and thickens to the south and west. The style of mineralization and grade is typical for this part of the Sonora Gold Belt and bodes well for the development of a gold resource in the area".

The first hole (CD-07-001), which was positioned at the bottom of the "Big Pit" area at the base of the hill containing exposed gold mineralization, returned gold values of 0.473 gpt from 0 to 17 metres as announced in the press release dated November 15, 2007(see HDG PR-07-07).

Assay results have now been received for the remainder of CD-07-001, all of CD-07-002 and CD-07-003, and the upper portions of holes CD-07-004, CD-07-006, CD-07-008, CD-07-012, and CD-07-014. These results continue to show significant gold mineralization hosted within a flat lying structural zone exposed in the Big Pit area, where HDG discovered widespread +1.0 gpt gold mineralization. Recent assay results from the drilling include numerous high grade intercepts with a maximum value of 13.75 gpt gold over a 1 metre thickness in hole CD 07-006. Mineralization is hosted in brecciated, sheared and silicified sediments located above the low angle structure. The reported drill holes now encompass a mineralized block of approximately 200 by 200 metres.

Results from hole CD-07-001, in combination with holes CD-07-002 and CD-07-008, suggest that a thicker, southwest-trending zone of gold mineralization associated with intensely brecciated and silicified sediments may be developing in the southwestern area of the "Big Pit" area. Further mineralization along strike to the southwest would be expected to be under colluvial or upper plate lithological cover. Future drilling will test this area.

The following table summarizes the recently received drill results:



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Drill Hole CD-07-002
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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0 13 13 0.213
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7 9 2 0.496
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Highest 1 metre assay 7-8 metres 1 0.687
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Drill Hole CD-07-003
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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8 19 11 0.152
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9 14 5 0.244
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Highest 1 metre assay 12-13 metres 1 0.298
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Drill Hole CD-07-004
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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39 41 2 0.116
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Highest 1 metre assay 39-40 metres 1 0.120
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Drill Hole CD-07-006
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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6 14 8 2.128
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including
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7 12 5 3.265
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Highest 1 m assay 10-11 metres 1 13.75
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Drill Hole CD-07-008
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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11 38 27 0.552
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including
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21 28 7 1.138
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Highest 1 metre assay 27-28 metres 1 2.200
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Drill Hole CD-07-012
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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0 8 8 0.652
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including
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0 2 2 1.57
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Highest 1 m assay 0-1 metres 1 1.79
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Drill Hole CD-07-014
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From (metres) To (metres) Length (metres) Gold (g/t)
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0 10 10 1.686
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1.5 6 4.5 2.828
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Highest 1 m assay 1.5-3 metres 1.5 5.440
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These holes demonstrate the importance of the flat structure as a host for gold mineralization and show that high-grade mineralization is present within the Canasta Dorada gold system. This flat structure is open to the south and west and several holes with assays pending will continue to test this gold bearing target. Similar mineralization within the flat structure with more intense silicification was noted in holes CD-07-009, CD-07-010 and CD-07-013A. CD-07-009 is located approximately 250 metres west of CD-07-001, CD-07-010 is located approximately 160 metres west-southwest of CD-07-001, and CD-07-013A is located approximately 60 metres west-northwest of CD-07-001.

HDG has now completed 16 holes with the majority of assays pending due to slow turnaround time from the analytical laboratories.

HDG has also conducted an extensive soil sampling program totaling 433 samples. This program focused on the Placer and the Pique Viejo areas and has produced a significant gold in soil anomaly covering roughly 800x800 metres and is open to the east, south and west. Gold values up to 968 ppb have been reported with a total of 39 samples having values greater than 100 ppb. Soil sampling is continuing to determine the full extent of this anomolus area. This area will be drilled later in the current drill program.

Canasta Dorada is located in the Sonoran Gold Belt, a particularly gold enriched province extending from southeastern California through northern Sonora. Mines in this established gold trend include Mesquite and Picacho in California, and La Herradura and El Chanate in the Caborca region of northwest Sonora, Mexico. One hundred and forty-three (143) channel samples from the exposures in the Big Pit area, which covers an area of approximately 375 metres by 200 metres, averaged 1.2 gpt gold (see High Desert Gold Corporation Final Prospectus, October 9, 2007 as filed on www.sedar.com).

The Company is a mineral exploration company that acquires and explores mineral properties, primarily gold, copper and silver, in North America. The three major properties held by HDG are the flagship Canasta Dorada gold property in Sonora, Mexico, the Gold Lake porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum property in New Mexico and the Monitor copper-silver property in Arizona.

Assays were performed by International Plasma Laboratories, an ISO 9001:2000 Certified laboratory. Gold is being analyzed by the G313 method that includes fire assay of a 30 g sample with an AA finish. The Qualified Person on the project is Randall Moore, Executive VP of Exploration, High Desert Gold Corporation and he has reviewed the content of this press release.

Please see High Desert Gold Corporation's website, www.highdesertgoldcorp.com, for maps and drill hole locations.

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 "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "should," "estimates," "expects," "believes," "indicates," "targeting," "suggests," "potential," "interpretation" and similar expressions. Information concerning the interpretation of drill results also 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. 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. 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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