General Minerals Corporation

General Minerals Corporation

November 15, 2005 14:12 ET

General Minerals Corporation Announces Start of Drilling at the Monitor Copper- Silver Property in Arizona

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2005) - General Minerals Corporation ("GMC") (TSX:GNM) is pleased to announce that Teck Cominco American Incorporated ("TCAI") has commenced drilling at the Monitor copper-silver property near Globe, Arizona. As previously announced on October 4, 2005, TCAI has prepared drill sites for an estimated 1,800 meter diamond drill program (see GMC PR05-11). There are now two joint venture partners drilling on GMC properties. In addition to TCAI drilling at Monitor, SILEX Bolivia S.A., a Bolivian subsidiary of Apex Silver Mines Ltd., is drilling at the Malku Khota silver project in west central Bolivia.

Through work conducted this past summer, TCAI has confirmed the presence of widespread surface copper-silver mineralization previously reported by GMC and has further refined initial drill targets using geology, geochemistry and an Induced Polarization (IP) geophysical survey. TCAI has defined a zone of intermittent surface mineralization approximately two kilometers long by 500 metres wide, which follows an east-west-trending dike swarm and is adjacent to the Rustler fault, which extends northeast from the Ray Mine through the Monitor Property. The intended drill targets will include high-grade copper-silver mineralization in structural zones, a deep porphyry copper target and near-surface oxide copper-silver mineralization. The drill program will include six diamond drill holes of varying depths up to a possible 500 metres in the case of the porphyry target. An airborne magnetic survey was also carried out in early November by TCAI.

Maps are available on GMC's website ( showing the area of the initial drill targets at the Monitor property.

General Minerals Corporation is an international minerals exploration company focusing its activities in North and South America. The Company has six properties in the US, three in Bolivia, 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. In addition to the Malku Khota and the Monitor properties, the Company has optioned Escalones in Chile to the Phelps Dodge Chilean subsidiary, Minera Aurex (Chile) Limitada and the Dragoon property in Arizona to BHP Billiton. Minera Aurex is currently applying for drilling permits at Escalones. BHP Billiton has been conducting its own reconnaissance this past summer at the Dragoon property in Arizona and is currently planning the next exploration phase.

The Company also assists other groups of entrepreneurial geologists through equity investment to form companies and develop early stage exploration projects with discovery potential. Two of these companies, Foundation Resources Ltd. and Afghan Minerals Inc., were established in 2004 where the primary country focus has been in Mongolia and Afghanistan, respectively.

Certain statements contained herein regarding TCAI's planned drilling program constitute "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations based on discussions between the Company and TCAI. The nature and extent of the planned drill program may materially change from current intentions for a number of reasons, including if the results of early drilling differ from expectations. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

SEC 12g3-2(b): 82-34810

Contact Information