Almaden Minerals Ltd.
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Almaden Minerals Ltd.

July 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Almaden Step Out Drilling Extends Ixtaca Zone 80 M to Southwest and 140 M to Northeast

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - Almaden Minerals Ltd. ("Almaden" or "the Company") (TSX:AMM)(NYSE Amex:AAU) is pleased to announce results from step out drilling to the northeast and southwest along the Ixtaca Zone with holes TU-11-30, TU-11-32 and TU-11-33. Final assays are pending from holes TU-11-27, TU-11-29 and TU-11-31.

TU-11-30 and 33 are on the same section, located roughly 80 meters to the southwest from the previous south- western most holes reported. Hole TU-11-33 was stopped prematurely owing to poor drilling conditions.

Hole TU-11-32 is located roughly 140 meters to the northeast beyond the last drilling reported in this direction. It encountered the Ixtaca Zone from the base of the overburden and is considered to have only cut a portion of the zone. All three holes (TU-11-30, TU-11-33 and TU-11-32) hit significant mineralization similar to that associated with the Ixtaca Zone.

The Company is also pleased to report results from hole TU-11-34, an infill hole drilled on the same section as the previously reported TU-10-14 and designed to test the up dip potential of the Ixtaca zone. The results of TU- 11-34 clearly show the vertical continuity of the zone. Highlights from the current group of assays include the following intercepts:

Hole TU-11-30:
152.00 meters @ 0.91 g/t gold and 13.5 g/t silver (1.2 g/t gold equivalent)
including 8.00 meters @ 9.38 g/t gold and 2.6 g/t silver (9.4 g/t gold equivalent)
and 1.00 meters @ 66.80 g/t gold and 16.5 g/t silver (67.1 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-11-33:
323.25 meters @ 0.44 g/t gold and 14.5 g/t silver (0.70 g/t gold equivalent)
including 15.85 meters @ 1.23 g/t gold and 99.9 g/t silver (3.2 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-11-32:
101.00 meters @ 0.34 g/t gold and 21.9 g/t silver (0.8 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 30.90 meters @ 0.87 g/t gold and 47.2 g/t silver (1.8 g/t gold equivalent)
and 2.50 meters @ 5.22 g/t gold and 132.0 g/t silver (7.9 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-11-34:
248.00 meters @ 0.67 g/t gold and 46.1 g/t silver (1.6 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 159.00 meters @ 0.89 g/t gold and 65.9 g/t silver (2.2 g/t gold equivalent)
and 23.72 meters @ 3.08 g/t gold and 194.8 g/t silver (7.0 g/t gold equivalent)
and 1.71 meters @ 19.61 g/t gold and 987.4 g/t silver (39.4 g/t gold equivalent)

J.D. Poliquin, Chairman of Almaden commented, "These new holes show the Ixtaca zone to be continuing to the northwest and southwest with currently undefined limits. The Ixtaca zone is a robust system of veining that continues along strike with minor offsets. Drilling to date on the Ixtaca zone also shows good continuity of mineralisation in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. We are very pleased with these new results which further expand the known strike and vertical extent of the Ixtaca zone of veining. We now have three drills on site, two of which are currently drilling the Ixtaca zone. The third drill will be used to test several additional targets located outside of the Ixtaca zone and thought to have the potential to host separate zones of veining." The Company anticipates drilling operations will continue throughout 2011.

Please click on the following link to view a plan map and relevant sections: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/amm707i.pdf. A table of significant intervals is below. They will be posted to the Company's website (www.almadenminerals.com) along with complete tables of assays.

Hole # From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
AuEq
(g/t)
AgEq
(g/t)
TU-11-30 60.00 212.00 152.00 0.91 13.6 1.2 59
including 60.00 68.00 8.00 9.38 3.4 9.4 472
and 64.00 65.00 1.00 66.80 18.4 67.2 3358
and 79.00 212.00 133.00 0.47 15.3 0.8 39
and 136.00 189.44 53.44 0.82 22.9 1.3 64
and 166.00 180.08 14.08 1.14 48.2 2.1 105
and 170.00 173.00 3.00 3.31 116.9 5.6 282
TU-11-32 53.00 154.00 101.00 0.34 21.9 0.8 39
including 57.60 88.50 30.90 0.87 47.2 1.8 91
and 86.00 88.50 2.50 5.22 132.0 7.9 393
TU-11-33 26.75 350.00 323.25 0.44 14.5 0.7 36
including 26.75 105.50 78.75 0.53 9.8 0.7 36
and 120.65 144.30 23.65 0.46 7.5 0.6 30
and 169.23 203.50 34.27 0.39 12.1 0.6 32
and 228.60 314.00 85.40 0.57 17.6 0.9 46
and 328.80 344.65 15.85 1.23 99.9 3.2 161
and 402.00 404.85 2.85 1.34 7.4 1.5 74
TU-11-34 26.00 274.80 248.80 0.67 46.1 1.6 80
Including 26.00 185.45 159.45 0.89 65.9 2.2 110
and 74.43 86.33 11.90 1.60 100.5 3.6 181
and 85.15 86.33 1.18 10.01 469.9 19.4 970
and 125.35 149.07 23.72 3.08 194.8 7.0 349
and 146.79 148.50 1.71 19.61 987.4 39.4 1968
and 197.51 198.50 0.99 15.15 3.6 15.2 761
and 272.15 273.30 1.15 2.06 455.1 11.2 558

About the Ixtaca Property

The Ixtaca zone is a blind discovery made by the Company in 2010. The zone of veining is thought to have a north-easterly trend. Holes to date suggest that the zone is sub vertical with local variations. This interpretation suggests that true widths are approximately 60% of intersected widths. The drilling completed to date has traced mineralisation over 550 meters along this northeast trend. Based upon observations at surface and of core as drilling progresses, there seems to be a variety of veinlet orientations within the vein zone.

Registered professional geologist Jim Lunbeck, a qualified person ("QP") under the meaning of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden's 2011 Ixtaca program and reviewed the technical information in this news release. The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption spectroscopy ("AAS"). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t gold using this technique are then re analysed by fire assay but with a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy ("ICP-AES"). Samples that return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than 1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into the sample stream as part of Almaden's quality assurance and control program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements. Gold equivalent ("AuEq" or "Gold Eq.") and silver equivalent ("AgEq" or "Silver Eq.") values were calculated using silver to gold ratios of 50 to 1. The ratio of 50 to 1 was used for the sake of consists with past news releases. Intervals that returned assays below detection were assigned zero values. Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100% for these calculations.

About Almaden

Almaden is a well-financed (no debt, approximately $C25 MM in working capital) mineral exploration company working in North America. The company has assembled mineral exploration projects, including Tuligtic, through its grass roots exploration efforts. While the properties are largely at early stages of development they represent exciting opportunities for the discovery of significant gold, silver and copper deposits as evidenced at Ixtaca. Currently six projects (Caldera, Caballo Blanco, Tropico, Matehuapil, Merit and Yago), are optioned to separate third parties who each have the right to acquire an interest in the respective project from Almaden through making certain payments and exploration expenditures. Four further projects are held in joint ventures. Almaden also holds a 2% NSR interest in 11 projects. Almaden's business model is to find and acquire mineral properties and develop them by seeking option agreements with others who can acquire an interest in a project by making payments and exploration expenditures. Through this means the company has been able to expose its shareholders to discovery and capital gain without the funding and consequent share dilution that would be required if the company were to have developed these projects without a partner. The company intends to expand this business model, described by some as prospect generation, by more aggressively exploring several of its projects including the Ixtaca Zone.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng. President, CEO and Director

Almaden Minerals Ltd.

Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, those with respect to potential expansion of mineralization, potential size of mineralized zone, and size and timing of exploration and development programs, estimated project capital and other project costs and the timing of submission and receipt and availability of regulatory approvals involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual Information form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward- looking statements.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE AMEX have reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release which has been prepared by management.

Contact Information

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd.
    Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    President, CEO and Director
    604.689.7644
    604.689.7645 (FAX)
    www.almadenminerals.com