General Minerals Corporation

General Minerals Corporation

January 17, 2006 09:20 ET

General Minerals Corporation Announces the Acquisition of the Bluebird Copper-Silver Property in Granite County, Montana

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2006) - General Minerals Corporation ("GMC") (TSX:GNM) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Bluebird copper-silver property in Granite County, Montana. The property is a Spar Lake type occurrence and is located approximately 25 miles south of Phillipsburg and 30 miles west of Anaconda and consists of 94 lode claims covering 1935 acres (783 ha). The claims cover a stratabound copper-silver occurrence within the Belt Supergroup. The property was drilled by Anaconda Copper Company between 1979 and 1982. Results from the drilling show intercepts of 95 feet (29 metres) at 0.88% Cu and 0.3oz/t Ag including 34.2 feet (10.4 metres) at 1.68% Cu and 0.73 oz/t Ag within diamond drill hole 1, and 65 feet (19.8 metres) at 0.34% Cu and 0.23 oz/t Ag within diamond drill hole 2. Both of these holes were drilled in 1979 and are the only two holes for which there are complete results. The host rocks are a series of sandstones which are similar to the mineralized beds within the Spar Lake deposits in western Montana. High-grade, primary mineralization consists of chalcocite within the matrix of the sandstone units. Secondary mineralization seen on surface consists of chrysocolla, malachite, and turquoise.

GMC collected 230 soil samples to geochemically define the trace of the host stratigraphy. The results of this work outline a mineralized strike length of 17,700 feet (5,400 metres) with copper values ranging up to 600 ppm Cu within the soil. By accurately defining the trace of the mineralized stratigraphy it was determined that most of the holes drilled by Anaconda would not have intersected the host unit. This work also determined that there were areas showing significant copper values within the soils where no past drilling occurred. Future plans call for continued geologic, geochemical and geophysical work to further define the extent of the mineralization before seeking a joint venture partner.

General Minerals Corporation is an international minerals exploration company focusing its activities in North and South America. The Company has seven properties in the US, three in Bolivia, and one in Chile as well as six in Mexico. The target mineralization is copper, silver and gold. The Company currently has four properties that are under option to major mining companies and drilling is currently taking place on three of those properties. The Company has optioned the following four projects:

Malku Khota silver project (Bolivia) with the Apex Silver subsidiary SILEX Bolivia S.A. (Drilling in progress and results released through a series of news releases).

Monitor copper-silver prospect (USA) with Teck Cominco Ltd. (Drilling began in November, 2005 and results are expected be confirmed and released in late January, 2006).

Dragoon copper-molybdenum (USA) with BHP Billiton. (Drilling currently in progress).

Escalones copper-gold prospect (Chile) with the Phelps Dodge Chilean subsidiary, Minera Aurex (Chile) Limitada; (Drilling permit application in progress with Chilean authorities).

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