Entree Gold Inc.

Entree Gold Inc.

February 19, 2008 15:09 ET

Entree Gold Commences Exploration in Southwestern U.S.A.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - Entree Gold Inc. (TSX:ETG)(AMEX:EGI)(FRANKFURT:EKA) ("Entree" or the "Company") has commenced exploration of four newly generated porphyry copper targets in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Properties covering approximately 30 square miles (48 square kilometres) were acquired through an agreement between Entree and Empirical Discovery LLC (see news release - July 18, 2007). These properties overlay buried porphyry copper targets identified from regional geophysical and district scale geological data.

A geophysical crew has been mobilized to the first of the four properties to commence deep-probing induced polarization ("IP") and controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric ("CSAMT") surveys. A total of 37 line miles (60 line kilometres) of wide-spaced lines constitute the initial phase of geophysical surveys planned for the properties. Geological mapping and surface sampling are also underway.

Entree has the option to acquire an 80% interest in any of the properties by incurring exploration expenditures totalling a minimum of US $1.9 million and issuing 300,000 shares within 5 years. If Entree exercises its option, Empirical may elect within 90 days to retain a 20% participating interest or convert to a 2% NSR royalty, half of which may be purchased for US $2 million.

Gregory Crowe, Entree Gold's President and CEO, commented, "In cooperation with our partner, Empirical Discovery, Entree is beginning exploration in the most prolific copper-producing area in North America. We intend to identify and explore targets in the backyard of mining giants such as Phelps Dodge-Freeport-McMoRan, Rio Tinto and BHP, as we have already done in Mongolia."

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Robert Cann, P.Geo., Entree's Vice-President, Exploration, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, supervised the preparation of the information in this news release.


Entree Gold Inc. (www.entreegold.com) is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the worldwide exploration and development of gold and copper prospects. Most notably, the Company is a large landholder in Mongolia, where it holds a 100% interest in mineral concessions that comprise the 179,590-hectare Lookout Hill (Shivee Tolgoi) property, which completely surrounds the 8,500-hectare Turquoise Hill (Oyu Tolgoi) project of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. ("Ivanhoe Mines"), and hosts the Hugo North Extension of the Hugo Dummett Deposit and the newly discovered Heruga Deposit.

The Company entered into an agreement with Empirical Discovery LLC to explore for porphyry copper targets in Arizona and New Mexico. Currently, Entree has over 18,000 acres of ground slated for exploration. Entree also has signed an earn-in agreement on a copper project in the Zhejiang province of southeastern China.

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While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggested herein. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States, the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results. Readers are referred to the sections entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's periodic filings with the British Columbia Securities Commission, which can be viewed at www.SEDAR.com, and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be viewed at www.SEC.gov.

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