SOURCE: Aurora Gold Corporation

March 16, 2006 09:00 ET

Aurora Gold Corporation Announces Results From Preliminary Exploration Programs at the São Joao Property in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil

BALCATTA, WA, AUSTRALIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- (OTC BB: ARXG) (FRANKFURT: "A4G.FSE", "A4G.ETR"; BERLIN-BREMEN: "A4G.BER") Aurora Gold Corporation ("Aurora Gold"), a mineral exploration company focusing on exploration and development in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil, is pleased to announce results from preliminary exploration programs at the São Joao property in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil.

Aurora Gold is pleased to announce significant rock chip results from initial sampling at the São Joao property in the Tapajos Gold Province, Para state, Brazil. High-grade rock chip results confirm the potential for a large gold and poly metallic resource at the São Joao property.

Significant rock chip results from the São Joao Property include:

58.6 g/t Gold with 37 g/t Silver
40.5 g/t Gold with 31 g/t Silver
42.4 g/t Gold with 28 g/t Silver
40.3 g/t Gold with 33 g/t Silver
30.3 g/t Gold with 75 g/t Silver
26.8 g/t Gold with 12 g/t Silver
24.5 g/t Gold with  9 g/t Silver
15.2 g/t Gold with 11 g/t Silver
6.93 g/t Gold with 12 g/t Silver

Several samples are also anomalous for other metals such as Copper, Zinc, Lead and Molybdenum suggesting the area is potentially a large mineralised system.

The São Joao property area is located approximately 20km west of the company's highly prospective São Domingos property and approximately 40 km north of the Santa Isabel property. The prime targets for the São Joao property are located around on the intersection of regional NW and NNW faults within the Parauari Intrusive Suite and this area has been the focus of large-scale alluvial workings. The Parauari Intrusive Suite has proven to host the vast majority of gold deposits elsewhere within the Tapajos Gold Province.

Aurora Gold conducted a rock chip program over an area currently being excavated for gold in quartz systems via shallow underground workings. The sample results, listed above, demonstrate that the quartz vein systems are highly mineralised and considered continuous for at least 200m. Aurora Gold is confident that the quartz vein systems are much more extensive and is currently planning to increase the sample density of rock and soil sampling over, and adjacent to, the current workings to locate further mineralised vein systems, and to drill test their depth extensions in the near future.

Concurrently, Aurora Gold is planning a property scale soil sampling program and airborne geophysics over the property area, as part of the Company's over all exploration strategy of it's properties in the Southern Tapajos Gold Province.

Aurora Gold Corporation is a mineral exploration company focusing on its newly acquired gold exploration property in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil whose stock trades under the symbol "ARXG" on the NASD OTC Bulletin Board in the United States of America, and under the symbols "A4G.FSE" and "A4G.ETR" on the Frankfurt and "A4G.BER" on the Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchanges in Germany.

For Further information, please call Klaus Eckhof
Phone:   (+61) 8 9240-2836
Mobile:  (+61) 411-148-209
30 Ledger Road, Balcatta, WA, 6021 Australia
Website: www.aurora-gold.com

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"Klaus Eckhof"

Klaus Eckhof
President, CEO and Director
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Contact Information

  • For Further information, please call:
    Klaus Eckhof
    Phone: (+61) 8 9240-2836
    Mobile: (+61) 411-148-209
    30 Ledger Road, Balcatta, WA, 6021 Australia
    Website: www.aurora-gold.com