Barker Minerals Ltd.

Barker Minerals Ltd.

March 04, 2005 07:00 ET

Barker Reports Further Sample Results From Recent Besshi Massive Sulphide Discovery


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: BARKER MINERALS LTD.

TSX VENTURE SYMBOL: BML

MARCH 4, 2005 - 07:00 ET

Barker Reports Further Sample Results From Recent
Besshi Massive Sulphide Discovery

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 4, 2005) - Barker
Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BML) is pleased to follow-up, further to its
earlier news release, also dated March 4, 2005, with the release of its
second set of sampling of the Besshi type mineralization discovered in
its recently completed drill program on its Frank Creek Project.

The second set of sampling was undertaken at the recommendation of Dr.
Trygve Hoy, PhD., P.Eng., a Qualified Person under National Instrument
43-101, to better determine the grade, tenor, mineralogical associations
and to characterize the various individual bands or zones of
mineralization within the wider altered zones. Most selected mineralized
intervals were sampled from the remaining half core, which was sawn in
half, with one quarter sent for analyses to Activation Labs and the
other quarter remaining in the core box for future reference or studies.
A few samples were also taken from drillcore where no samples were
previously taken.

The second set of sampling revealed a copper, silver and gold tenor,
along with a nickel, chrome, iron, sulpher and cobalt association, which
are consistent with Besshi type mineralization. Trace elements arsenic,
antimony, tin, indium, bismuth and cadmium are also indicative of
sediment hosted massive sulphide mineralization. A number of sulphide
zones appear to be massive sulphide layers, and disseminated
mineralization may be intensely disrupted and transposed feeder zones.
However some of these zones may also be late mineralization,
superimposed by late faulting that is obvious in some of the core.

The breccias and conglomerates are difficult to interpret, some clearly
look like sedimentary breccias, with rounded milled clasts. If this is
the case, then the clasts of sulphide, particularly those with remnant
sulphide laminae, are critical evidence for the conclusion that some of
the mineralization formed by seafloor "Besshi" type VMS deposition. Some
clasts may have also been formed in hydrothermal vents. The intensity of
alteration and sulphide mineralization in these zones, similar in
character and composition to the massive sulphide layers, imply early
formation during massive sulphide deposition rather than mineralization
related to late faulting. In summary, it is possible that the
breccia-conglomerates record a mixture of discordant, mineralized feeder
zone mineralization as well as formation as sedimentary conglomerates,
perhaps along seafloor scarps or as "mud volcanoes".

Alteration is intense around much of the mineralization, and includes
pervasive sericite, more local silicification, chloritic alteration and
possibly albite development. It is probable that the sericite alteration
is considerably more widespread and could be used as an exploration
guide in locating additional mineralized zones.



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Drillhole Sample Type From To Interval Copper Lead
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metres metres metres % %
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FC04-07 Str 109.78 110.40 0.62 0.04 0.16
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FC04-07 Str 110.55 110.99 0.44 0.15 0.06
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FC04-07 Dis-Str 114.87 115.17 0.30 0.63 0.18
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FC04-07 Str 118.54 119.14 0.60 0.03 0.08
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FC04-07 Str-Sm 122.90 123.70 0.80 0.44 0.38
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FC04-07 Str 123.70 124.00 0.30 0.53 0.44
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FC04-07 Str-Sm 124.81 125.13 0.32 0.14 0.32
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FC04-07 Sm-MS 125.23 125.53 0.30 0.25 0.16
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FC04-07 Dis-Sm-Bands 210.80 211.30 0.50 0.25 0.08
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FC04-07 Dis-Str 240.18 240.48 0.30 0.24 0.04
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FC04-07 MS-Bands 307.59 307.89 0.30 5.78 0.05
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FC04-07 Str 308.80 309.60 0.80 0.01 0.02
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FC04-08 Str 104.20 104.95 0.75 0.04 0.02
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FC04-08 Str-Sm 104.95 105.75 0.80 0.11 0.04
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FC04-08 Sm 106.70 107.00 0.30 0.41 0.11
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FC04-08 Str 108.15 108.57 0.42 0.03 0.01
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FC04-08 Vein 155.25 156.00 0.75 0.75 0.03
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(i)FC04-09 MS 22.30 22.80 0.50 0.58 0.15
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FC04-09 Dis-Str 23.30 23.77 0.43 0.02 0.06
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FC04-09 Str 25,00 25.30 0.30 0.02 0.02
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FC04-09 Str 27.08 27.56 0.48 0.06 0.01
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FC04-09 Dis-Str 28.80 29.70 0.90 0.03 0.09
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FC04-11 Str 22.95 23.55 0.60 0.02 0.02
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FC04-11 Str 25.74 26.10 0.36 0.06 0.04
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FC04-11 Dis-Str 26.30 26.82 0.52 0.13 0.03
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FC04-12 Dis-Str 15.75 16.05 0.30 0.03 0.08
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FC04-12 SM-Bands 18.60 18.90 0.30 1.24 0.06
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FC04-12 MS-Bands 19.08 19.38 0.30 3.36 0.10
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FC04-12 Dis-Sm-Bands 22.08 22.88 0.80 0.09 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis 123.10 124.36 1.26 0.01 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis-Str 139.50 139.75 0.25 0.06 0.03
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FC04-13 Dis 184.00 184.70 0.70 0.17 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis 184.70 185.35 0.65 0.02 0.02
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FC04-13 Dis 186.00 186.50 0.50 0.22 0.02
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FC04-13 Dis 187.27 188.37 0.90 0.07 0.02
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FC04-13 Sm-Bands 244.15 244.40 0.25 0.09 0.01
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FC04-13 Str-Sm-Bands 246.29 246.76 0.47 0.25 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis-Str 257.30 257.60 0.30 0.81 0.01
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(i)FC04-13 MS 257.60 257.80 0.20 2.88 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis-Sm-Bands 257.80 258.14 0.34 0.65 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis-Str 258.14 258.42 0.28 0.78 0.01
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FC04-13 Dis-Sm-Bands 258.47 258.82 0.35 1.15 0.01
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FC04-13 Str-Sm-Bands 259.02 259.37 0.35 1.09 0.04
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FC04-13 Sm-MS-Bands 262.10 262.50 0.40 2.73 0.02
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FC04-13 Dis-Sm 264.10 264.42 0.32 1.16 0.02
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FC04-13 Sm 264.42 264.82 0.40 0.78 0.01
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FC04-13 Sm 264.82 265.52 0.70 0.77 0.01
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FC04-13 Sm 265.52 266.00 0.48 2.77 0.02
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FC04-13 Sm-MS-Bands 266.00 266.32 0.32 1.56 0.02
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FC04-13 Dis-Sm 268.01 268.61 0.60 1.94 0.01
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FC04-13 Str-Sm-Bands 277.60 277.70 0.10 1.03 0.01
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FC04-13 Str 299.15 299.55 0.40 1.27 0.01
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FC04-13 Str 377.70 377.95 0.25 0.48 0.01
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FC04-13 Str-Sm-Bands 431.00 431.15 0.15 0.02 0.77
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FC04-13 Str-Sm-Bands 432.70 432.95 0.25 0.08 0.31
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Drillhole Zinc Silver Gold Cd Cr Ni Co Fe S
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% g/t g/t ppm ppm ppm ppm % %
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FC04-07 0.49 7.1 14.7 9.1 3.1
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FC04-07 0.09 6.5 2.9 8.9 3.1
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FC04-07 0.42 24.8 14.9 64 16.4 8.9
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FC04-07 0.15 3.9 4.7 5.7 1.9
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FC04-07 0.58 28.0 19.8 71 13.9 6.9
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FC04-07 0.82 33.4 26.2 65 12.9 6.8
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FC04-07 0.44 9.1 13.2 65 16.4 10.5
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FC04-07 0.37 6.8 11.6 51 13.2 10.5
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FC04-07 0.19 7.4 6.7 136 90 9.2 5.8
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FC04-07 0.04 6.8 2.2 1240 951 10.8 3.1
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FC04-07 0.14 73.2 0.44 12.4 130 102 96 16.8 7.3
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FC04-07 0.07 0.6 2.4 6.8 0.9
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FC04-08 0.29 1.6 10.1 10.9 7.8
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FC04-08 0.14 5 5.1 12.7 9.1
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FC04-08 0.89 9.4 28.9 10.2 3.9
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FC04-08 0.09 1 3.8 10.3 2.1
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FC04-08 0.05 9.9 0.12 3.7 486 282 128 15.1 6.1
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(i)FC04-09 6.57 47 20
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FC04-09 0.04 4.2 1.4 13.8 1.5
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FC04-09 0.27 1.6 8.2 5.7 3.1
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FC04-09 0.03 1.4 1.2 11.6 1.8
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FC04-09 0.42 6.6 13.2 7.1 5.2
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FC04-11 0.1 1.4 3.8 5.7 1.9
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FC04-11 0.12 3 4.6 7.6 4.7
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FC04-11 0.14 2.6 5.1 13.3 1.8
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FC04-12 0.06 2.8 3.2 9.1 1.4
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FC04-12 0.36 12.2 17.7 120 140 17.5 5.5
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FC04-12 0.22 29.2 10.2 224 170 13.6 6.4
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FC04-12 0.06 1.2 2.5 281 220 7.1 5.9
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FC04-13 0.03 0.9 1.3 3.6 0.2
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FC04-13 0.30 2.5 20.4 18.7 7.2
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FC04-13 0.03 2.2 1.3 8.9 4.9
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FC04-13 0.02 0.9 1.1 9.1 3.7
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FC04-13 0.10 2.2 4.3 11.1 8.1
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FC04-13 0.27 1.6 9.7 9.2 4.9
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FC04-13 0.21 1.7 8.9 10.4 6.2
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FC04-13 0.04 1.9 2.8 953 621 133 18.9 7.1
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FC04-13 0.05 11.2 0.24 4.1 166 90 44 12.3 2.6
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(i)FC04-13 0.40 39.0 1.70 20
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FC04-13 0.03 7.7 0.04 2.7 32 10.4 1.8
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FC04-13 0.03 9.0 0.20 2.5 110 83 12.3 2.6
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FC04-13 0.04 13.3 0.10 3.7 152 95 13.1 3.6
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FC04-13 0.12 14.9 0.56 8.2 122 170 193 19.5 8.9
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FC04-13 0.19 30.5 0.36 10.6 352 303 130 17.6 9.1
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FC04-13 0.07 16.3 0.34 5.3 507 327 115 13.1 5.2
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FC04-13 0.07 9.9 0.23 5.1 650 452 176 16.9 7.3
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FC04-13 0.07 10.2 0.30 4.4 571 320 160 15.2 7.1
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FC04-13 0.15 32.8 0.57 10.6 222 198 223 22.2 9.9
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FC04-13 0.11 18.7 0.07 6.8 150 330 85 18.7 3.7
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FC04-13 0.07 22.6 0.19 5.8 258 194 59 17.6 3.1
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FC04-13 0.22 13.1 0.06 11.7 208 208 33 13.8 1.9
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FC04-13 0.07 11.4 0.18 7.2 1960 1070 128 18.3 4.9
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FC04-13 0.01 2.8 1.4 1210 378 7.4 0.6
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FC04-13 0.25 4.8 9.9 101 45 5.9 3.9
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FC04-13 1.04 3.4 28.3 52 3.9 1.1
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(i) Massive Sulphide - assay results are from previous sampling and
are included for reference only


The presence of altered rocks with stringer and locally semi-massive and
massive sulphides is very encouraging and demonstrates the highly
prospective nature of the Frank Creek area for highgrade polymetallic
massive sulphide deposits. Ongoing lithogeochemical and geological
interpretations are being conducted in an effort to determine the
relationship of the mineralization and the host stratigraphy; these
results will be integrated with the recent Titan geophysical data to
produce a 3-D geological model. This work is aimed at outlining a
preferred stratigraphic horizon favourable for mineralization that will
provide a focus for future follow-up drilling.

Dr. Trygve Hoy PhD., P.Eng., a Qualified Person as defined under
National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"), has reviewed the disclosure
herein for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of NI 43-101.

Over the past ten years Barker Minerals has acquired and advanced
exploration on its over 277,000 acres of mineral properties in the
Cariboo Mining District, which is located along the Cariboo Gold
District, one of the most mineralized belts in British Columbia. The
company has 18 projects at various stages of the exploration process,
with 5 projects having defined drill-ready gold targets and precious
metal bearing, massive sulphide targets on its 100% owned properties.

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    Barker Minerals Ltd.
    Louis E. Doyle
    President & CEO
    604-530-8752
    604-530-8751 (FAX)
    barker@telus.net
    www.barkerminerals.com
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    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.