Alberta Star Development Corp.
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Alberta Star Development Corp.

March 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Alberta Star Intersects 1.5 Meters of 1,467.0 g/ton Silver and 0.32% Copper at the K2-IOCG Discovery at Contact Lake, NT

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Alberta Star Development Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ASX)(OTCBB:ASXSF)(FRANKFURT:QLD) is pleased to report that the Company has received assays on the final three holes (Holes 16, 18 and 19) of the Company's nine hole summer/fall 2007 drill program at the K2-IOCG discovery at Contact Lake, NT. This follows eight holes which were completed during the Company's 2006 drill program. Previous significant assays announced include Drill hole K2-07-12 which intersected several large copper-bearing zones, including a zone of 93.00 meters of 0.35% copper. This hole not only intersected several zones of copper mineralization at different depths which included 42.50 meters of 0.32% copper and 44.52 meters of 0.33% copper, it also intersected a zone of vanadium mineralization which included 34.50 meters of 0.22% V2O5. In addition, drill hole K2-07-13 intersected 36.70 meters of 1.11% copper (NR-Nov-05-2007)(NR-Dec 5/07)(NR-Jan 8/08). Drill hole K2-07-16 intersected a zone of 1,467.0 g/ton silver. The latest drill results from the K2 discovery confirm the initial drill results whereby the Company announced that it had discovered a zone of hydrothermal and structurally controlled poly-metallic breccias that are enriched in copper and locally in gold, silver and cobalt. The K2-IOCG target is located on the Contact Lake property, on the south side of Echo Bay, NT.

The K2-IOCG target area is a target area in which drilling encountered significant IOCG style poly-metallic copper, gold, silver and cobalt mineralization. The mineralized zone is part of a regionally extensive zone of phyllic, potassic, hematite and magnetite, magnetite-actinolite alteration zones, often appearing at surface as phyllic-potassic pyritic gossans. The mineralization occurs within the same suite of volcano-plutonic rocks that host other poly-metallic zones in the Eldorado & Contact Lake mineral belt, including the former El Bonanza Silver-Uranium (U-Ag) and the Eldorado Uranium (U-Ag-Cu-Co-Ni-Bi) mines.

All eight drill holes from the 2006 drill program (NR-December 14, 2006)(NR-January 17, 2007) and 7 of 9 holes from the 2007 drill program intersected multiple zones of altered and mineralized breccias with disseminated and vein hosted copper, gold, silver and cobalt sulphide mineralization. The Company's 2007 drill program was completed between May and October 2007 and consisted of 19,614 meters of drilling, with over 72 holes drilled resulting in 10,202 samples being collected and submitted for assaying. The Company has now released 38 holes from its 72 hole 2007 drill program. The remaining 34 holes will be released when the assays have been received and compiled.

Highlights from significant mineralized down hole intervals from the new holes reporting, include:

- K2-07-16 intersected 1.5 meters of 1,467 g/ton silver and 0.32% copper.

- K2-07-18 intersected 5.5 meters of 0.143% copper as well as 1.5 meters of 0.134% cobalt.

- K2-07-19 intersected 0.3 meters of 0.93% copper as well as 1.5 meters of 0.25% copper and another interval of 1.0 meter of 0.23% copper.

The accompanying table gives a summary of drilling highlights and assay results.



K2-IOCG Discovery Zone - Drill Summary

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Copper Zinc Silver Nickel
From To Interval Cu Zn Ag Ni
Drill Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/ton) (%)
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K2-07-16 209 210.5 1.5 0.32 0.02 1,467.0 0.07
------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Copper Zinc Silver Cobalt
From To Interval Cu Zn Ag Co
Drill Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/ton) (%)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
K2-07-18 33 38.5 5.5 0.143 0.013 0.2 0.002
------------------------------------------------------------------------
74.2 74.4 0.2 0.142 0.015 0.1 0.003
------------------------------------------------------------------------
78.35 85.16 6.81 0.089 0.018 0.3 0.003
------------------------------------------------------------------------
169.89 170.09 0.2 0.193 0.008 1.9 0.006
------------------------------------------------------------------------
179.08 181.58 2.5 0.147 0.011 0.4 0.004
------------------------------------------------------------------------
198 199 1 0.006 0.012 1.2 0.066
------------------------------------------------------------------------
202.84 203.44 0.6 0.034 0.01 0.6 0.056
------------------------------------------------------------------------
204.94 207.94 3 0.002 0.01 2.3 0.034
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223 235 12 0.008 0.01 0.4 0.044
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224.5 226 1.5 0.004 0.009 0.9 0.134
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244 245.5 1.5 0.145 0.013 0.7 0.008
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272.5 289 16.5 0.031 0.007 0.7 0.021
------------------------------------------------------------------------
313 314.5 1.5 0.145 0.009 0.4 0.012
------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Copper Silver Cobalt Vanadium
From To Interval Cu Ag Co V2O5
Drill Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (g/ton) (%) (%)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
K2-07-19 6.2 7.7 1.5 0.15 0.9 0.002 0.014
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15.2 16.2 1 0.23 0.8 0.002 0.016
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71.5 73 1.5 0.25 0.6 0.034 0.019
------------------------------------------------------------------------
137.9 139.2 1.3 0.18 - 0.002 0.018
------------------------------------------------------------------------
161.8 164.8 3 0.15 0.3 0.009 0.037
------------------------------------------------------------------------
170.8 173.3 2.5 0.11 0.2 0.003 0.034
------------------------------------------------------------------------
179.3 185.3 6 0.01 0.2 0.009 0.086
------------------------------------------------------------------------
219.9 220.2 0.3 0.93 0.3 0.001 0.011
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Metal values as at today's market price. Gold $972.00 US per ounce,
Copper $3.78 US per pound, Silver $19.64 US per ounce, Nickel $14.48 US
per pound, Cobalt $52.50 US per pound, Vanadium $15.00 US per pound,
Zinc $1.16 US per pound, Lead $1.37 US per pound, and Uranium $74.00 US
per pound as of March 10, 2008.

Note: True thickness is unknown.


Drill hole K2-07-16: 50 degree inclination and 225 degree azimuth

Drill hole K2-07-18: 50 degree inclination and 225 degree azimuth

Drill hole K2-07-19: 50 degree inclination and 45 degree azimuth

These three holes were drilled away from each other to test geophysical anomalies. Drill hole K2-07-19 and Drill hole K2-07-16 were 622 meters SW and 1200 meters SE of Drill hole K2-07-18, respectively.

A QAQC (quality assurance, quality control) program was conducted by the Company which consisted of the introduction of standard, duplicate, and blank samples into the sample sequence at irregular and random intervals to test the sampling and assay procedures. Standard samples were prepared by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. ("Acme") of Vancouver, British Columbia. All drill core samples were prepared, bagged and sealed by the Company's supervised personnel and were transported by plane to Acme facilities in Yellowknife, NT where they were crushed and pulped, and then transported to Acme's main laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia for assaying. Acme is a fully registered analytical lab for analysis by ICP-MS and ICP-FA techniques. Samples were subjected to aqua regia digestion and analyzed for 40 elements and induced coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) following four acid digestions (HF, HCIO4, HNO3 and HCI). All analysis for Cu, Ag, Au, U, Co, Ni, Bi, Pb, Zn and W which exceeded upper limits were re-assayed using ICPFA method to obtain correct values.

THE ELDORADO & CONTACT LAKE IRON OXIDE COPPER, GOLD, SILVER AND URANIUM PROJECTS

The Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit Areas are located on the east side of Great Bear Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. The permit areas are situated 470 kilometers north of the city of Yellowknife. The total size of the Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit areas cover over 98,027.77 acres in size. The Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG + uranium project areas include past producing high grade silver and uranium mines. This includes the Echo Bay Silver Mine which produced 23,779,178 ounces of silver and the Eldorado Uranium Mine which produced 15 million pounds of uranium and 8 million ounces of silver. Olympic Dam volcanic hosted hydrothermal iron-oxide copper, gold style of deposits are attractive targets for exploration and development due to their poly-metallic nature, high unit value and enormous size and grade tonnage potential. The Eldorado Mineral Belt which is situated in the Great Bear Magmatic zone, NT, has long been recognized by geologists, as one of the most prospective Iron oxide copper, gold, silver and uranium regions in northern Canada.

ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Alberta Star is a Canadian mineral exploration company that identifies, acquires and finances advanced stage mineral exploration projects in Canada. The Company is committed to creating long term shareholder value through the discovery of base and precious metals and uranium.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Investors are welcomed to contact Mr. Allan Feldman, the Company's Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Specialist, for all corporate updates at (604) 948-9663. In Quebec contact Mario Drolet at MI3 Communications - 1-514-904-1333.

ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.

Tim Coupland, President & CEO

Lou Covello, B.Sc., P.Geo., is the qualified person for the Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG Projects.

These results have been prepared under the supervision of Lou Covello B.Sc., P.Geo who is designated as a Qualified Person with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of this data. All rock samples were analyzed by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. ("ACME") in Vancouver, B.C., Canada using ICP-MS and ICP-FA analysis techniques.

This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address future production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results and information concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to be forward looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. For further information investors should review the Company's filings that are available at www.sedar.com or contact Tim Coupland, President at (604) 681-3131.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this News Release.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Star Development Corp.
    Tim Coupland
    President and CEO
    (604) 681-3131
    (604) 408-3884 (FAX)
    Website: www.alberta-star.com