Fortress Minerals Corp.
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Fortress Minerals Corp.

November 08, 2005 11:56 ET

Fortress Reports Extensive High Grade Gold Trench Results from Svetloye Project in Russia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - Fortress Minerals Corp. ("Fortress" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:FST) is pleased to announce results from the first 142 channel samples from trenches excavated at Svetloye this summer. To see attached map please click on the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/1108fst.pdf.

Highlights include Trench 5 East which returned 50.7 metres running 3.4 grams per tonne gold, including 12 metres @ 11.9 g/t gold and Trench 4 where samples graded 14.5 grams per tonne gold over a channel length of 23.2 metres, including a 15.3 metre intercept @ 20.0 g/t gold. Trenches 4 and 5 are eastern extensions off of earlier trenches emplaced in 2004 and have now resulted in combined zones of 105.6 metres grading 5.5 grams per tonne gold and 162 metres grading 6.63 grams per tonne gold, respectively. Both trenches remain open to the northwest and southeast.

The results from the trench samples received to date indicate extensive high grade gold concentrations at surface within the Elena Target and have also identified a new high grade zone to the southeast which expands the size potential of the target significantly. In the new high grade extension, Trench 13 intercepted 14 metres (entire length of the trench assayed to date) grading 3.84 grams per tonne gold.

Mineralization at the Elena target is open in all directions and results from approximately 400 additional channel samples are pending.

A 10,000 metre drill program is scheduled to begin in December, 2005. An RD-750 combination drill capable of both diamond and reverse circulation drilling, requisite fuel, and all necessary equipment to complete the drill program has cleared customs and has arrived in Okhotsk for mobilization to site.



Significant results include:

Svetloye 2005 Trench Results

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Length Average Gold
Trench Assayed Interval Concentration
Trench Length To Date Sample Length Grams per
Number (meters) (meters) Interval (meters) Tonne (gpt)
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4 63.5 23.2 0.0 - 23.2 23.2 14.5 gpt
Including 4.2 - 19.5 15.3 20.0 gpt
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10 89.5 56 0.0 - 56 56.0 3.8 gpt
Including 18 - 25.8 7.8 19.4 gpt
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5 East 50.7 50.7 0.0 - 50.7 50.7 3.4 gpt
Including 0.0 - 12 12.0 11.9 gpt
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13 142 14 78 - 92 14.0 3.8 gpt
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6 East 43 40 0 - 40 40.0 0.9 gpt
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6 West 43 33.3 15 - 33.3 18.3 0.9 gpt
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3 24.5 24.5 0 - 18 18.0 0.9 gpt
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Fortress has an option to earn an 80% interest in the Svetloye gold project from Phelps Dodge Exploration Corporation.

Mr. Thomas Bowens, M.Sc., P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release. Samples were crushed at the Polymetal Khakanjah prep lab facility in Okhotsk, Russia and samples shipped to American Assay Laboratories, Inc. in Sparks, Nevada for fire assay.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Ron F. Hochstein

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

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