Luna Gold Corp.
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Luna Gold Corp.

May 24, 2012 08:30 ET

Luna Gold Identifies Onix Gold Target at Luna Greenfields

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:LGC)(OTCQX:LGCUF)(LMA:LGC) ("Luna Gold" or the "Company") announces the identification of the Onix target located within the Company's 100% owned Luna Greenfields project. Onix contains three gold targets spread over a 2 km2 area associated with a southwest trending shear zone 26 km due SW from the Aurizona Mine (Figure 1). Geochemical and geophysical data combined with geological mapping indicate that this new target holds potential to host high-grade gold mineralization. Project maps can be viewed on the Luna Gold website at www.lunagold.com or click below. Highlights are:

To view Figures 1 and 2, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/luna.pdf

New mineralized Onix Shear Zone (OXSZ) located 6 km WSW from the Areal gold target with several newly mapped artisanal workings located between these targets

  • Onix North gold in soil anomaly measuring 0.70 km x 0.15 km at a 50 ppb Au cut-off with maximum value of 1.45 g/t Au within which lie 6 artisanal workings along a strike of 0.3 km with numerous vertical shafts and collapsed galleries
  • Onix North - reconaissance rock and tailings grab sampling program (26 samples) returned gold values up to 9.12 g/t Au
  • Onix South - gold in soil anomaly measuring 0.25 km x 0.10 km at a 50 ppb Au cut-off with maximum value of 37.10 g/t Au within which lie 2 artisanal pits with several vertical shafts nearby
  • Onix South - reconaissance rock and tailings grab sampling program (15 samples) returned gold values up to 2.63 g/t Au
  • Discovery of sub-cropping high-grade gold mineralization in a new area between Onix North and Onix South with the 3 highest grade samples returning values of 41.00 g/t Au, 27.40 g/t Au and 4.49 g/t Au (5 samples in total)

Luna Gold's President and CEO, John Blake, comments, "Luna Gold is pleased to confirm another gold target in the Luna Greenfields project. Onix demonstrates potential to host a high grade mineralized deposit and is the third target defined to date. The Company is planning to risk-rate and prioritize targets to commence a diamond drilling program at Luna Greenfields in Q3 2012."

Onix

The Onix target was an active garimpo (artisanal mine) in the 1980s where quartz veins hosted by tonalites and weathered basic volcanics were mined along diverse elongate structures. Outcrop is scarce and limited to garimpo pits. Onix is located 6 km due WSW from the Areal target and several artisanal workings occur between both these targets and are currently being followed-up. Gold is hosted in pyrite-bearing quartz veins with occasional tourmaline. Onix North is a narrow structure with pits extending along a 0.3 km strike length. The presence of vertical shafts and collapsed galleries coupled with elevated gold grades in quartz veins and tailings suggests potential for high-grade mineralized zones along the structure. Rock grab sampling from around the pits and pit walls returned several high-grade samples including 9.12 g/t Au, 5.06 g/t Au and 3.46 g/t Au. Grab sampling of tailings dumps also returned encouraging grades including best values of 4.24 g/t Au, 2.31 g/t Au and 2.16 g/t Au.

Onix South is located 0.5 km SE from Onix North and consists of two NE-trending pits and several vertical shafts. Rock grab sampling around the pits returned best values of 1.37 g/t Au and 0.51 g/t Au. Grab sampling of tailings dumps returned best values of 2.63 g/t Au, 1.80 g/t Au and 1.52 g/t Au. Onix North and Onix South are separated by a strong magnetic low anomaly representing the OXSZ.

Luna's field teams have also discovered a new sub-cropping mineralized structure located between the main Onix workings described above. Samples of quartz, some of which contain visible gold, assayed 41.00 g/t Au, 27.40 g/t Au and 4.49 g/t Au. Forty-two out of forty-six rock and tailings grab samples collected across the entire Onix target assayed greater than 0.10 g/t Au. Table 1 contains a summary of Luna's reconnaissance rock and tailings sampling program at Onix.

Onix Geology Map http://www.lunagold.com/en/projectsoperations/lunagreenfields.asp
Onix Geophysical (RTE) Map http://www.lunagold.com/en/projectsoperations/lunagreenfields.asp
Onix Geophysical (TMI) Map http://www.lunagold.com/en/projectsoperations/lunagreenfields.asp
Onix Geophysical (AS) Map http://www.lunagold.com/en/projectsoperations/lunagreenfields.asp
Onix Detail Geology Map http://www.lunagold.com/en/projectsoperations/lunagreenfields.asp

Luna Gold's VP Exploration, Titus Haggan, states, "The Onix pits were identified through a reconnaissance program in 2011. Luna field teams subsequently opened north-south soil lines spaced 100 meters apart and collected samples at 25 metre stations along the lines as shown in the accompanying maps. A ground magnetic survey was also conducted to determine the structural controls at this target. Limited rock and tailings samples were also collected to determine grade of potential mineralized samples and tailings dumps left from historic artisanal mining activity. Onix is the latest target to be added to the Luna Greenfields portfolio. Field teams are now focused on exploring the artisanal workings located within the 6 km trend between the Areal and Onix targets to understand the relationship between these occurrences in addition to advancing gold targets in prospective new areas."

SAMPLE_NO SAMPLE_TYPE TARGET LITHOLOGY AU (PPM)
R-05425 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 41.00
R-05422 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 27.40
R-05420 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 9.12
R-05421 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 5.06
R-05424 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 4.49
R-05418 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 3.46
R-05404 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 3.32
R-05440 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 3.19
R-05401 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 2.85
R-05417 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 2.74
R-05423 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 2.03
R-01907 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 1.90
R-05402 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 1.56
R-01766 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 1.37
R-05400 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.68
R-05438 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.62
R-00825 Grab Sample Onix Quartz-Tourmaline Vein 0.51
R-05439 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.36
R-05436 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.35
R-05426 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.33
R-00821 Grab Sample Onix Quartz Vein 0.13
R-05416 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 4.24
R-05304 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 2.63
R-05432 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 2.63
R-05415 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 2.31
R-05414 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 2.16
R-05419 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 2.12
R-05413 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.93
R-05431 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.80
R-05405 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.55
R-05434 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.52
R-05408 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.51
R-05407 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.50
R-05303 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.49
R-05409 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.45
R-05410 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.41
R-05435 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.05
R-05406 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 1.02
R-05412 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 0.90
R-05429 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 0.26
R-05428 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 0.20
R-05430 Grab Sample Onix Garimpo Tailings 0.20

Table 1. Gold grades of initial surface sampling of rock and tailings material, Onix target. Mineralized samples above a 0.10 g/t Au cut-off grade are reported. A total of 46 samples were collected over the entire Onix target. Assay values for samples not reported here range between below detection limit (<0.05 g/t Au) to 0.09 g/t Au. These samples were neither part of, nor alone do they constitute, a statistically representative sampling program.

About Luna Gold Corp.

Luna Gold is a producing gold company with development and exploration projects. Gold production is from the Aurizona Mine in Maranhão, Brazil, and development is focused on the Cachoeira deposit in Para, Brazil. The Company is aggressively exploring the large strategically placed Luna Greenfields project.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

LUNA GOLD CORP.

John Blake - President and CEO

Website: www.lunagold.com

Regulatory Footnotes

Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC protocol on all aspects of geochemical sampling, drilling and analytical procedure. Soil sampling programs are supervised by mining technicians and samples are collected on regular grids surveyed using total stations. Soil samples are collected at a nominal 0.50 meter depth or deeper corresponding to the B soil horizon. Several types of ancillary data are recorded including soil type, granulometry, magnetism, and the presence of laterite. Rock and tailings sampling is supervised by geologists and mining technicians and recorded on special log sheets. All areas intended for sampling are assessed and marked-up for sampling by geologists. For surface channel sampling all sample faces are cleaned to a depth of 15 centimeters and marked for sampling which is conducted at nominal 1 meter intervals using appropriate sampling tools which are cleaned between each sample. Sample intervals are surveyed using a Total Station. Auger drilling is conducted using Company owned motorized Honda auger drills. Auger drill teams are supervised by mining technicians. Auger samples are collected at continual 1 meter intervals using a 10.16 centimeter diameter collector. Sample weight averages 16 kilograms. All data including depth, sample number and geologic information are recorded on special log sheets. All samples are stored in secure locked areas under Company supervision. Samples are transported from the Aurizona and Luna Greenfields projects to the ALS Chemex sample preparation facility in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and to the ACME Labs sample preparation facility in Goiania accompanied by Luna personnel. Soil and rock channel samples are assayed for gold via fire assay (30 and 50 grams) at ALS Chemex, Lima, Peru. Auger samples are assayed for gold via fire assay (50 grams) at ACME Laboratories, Santiago, Chile. Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC program for soil and rock samples which involves the insertion of blanks, CRM and sample duplicates. These QA/QC procedures provide several measures of data quality and assure the Company that the assay data is representative of the original sample.

Titus Haggan Ph.D., EurGeol Certified Professional Geologist #746, Luna's Vice President Exploration is the Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the scientific and technical work on the exploration program and has supervised the preparation of and reviewed the technical disclosure in this press release. Non-qualified persons currently work on Luna's exploration programs under the guidance of Titus Haggan. Dr. Haggan takes responsibility for work, information and advice generated by non-Qualified persons and has taken the steps required to ensure that the work, information and advice is sound.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons unless registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

Forward-Looking Statements

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