Mantle Resources Inc.

Mantle Resources Inc.

October 19, 2005 08:30 ET

Mantle Provides Progress Report on the Akie Zinc-Lead Property

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - Mantle Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTS) (the Company) is pleased to provide the following progress report regarding exploration activities on the Akie zinc-lead property located in northeastern British Columbia, approximately 280 kilometers north -northwest of the town of Mackenzie.

A 12 person trailer camp has now been established on the property and is currently fully operational. Coast Mountain Geological Services Ltd., of Vancouver, BC, has been retained to provide camp management and logistical support services for this program.

Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd., of Smithers, BC, has been engaged to provide an initial 2000 meters of HQ or NQ-2 wireline core drilling. Mobilization of drill equipment and operating personnel to the property is complete and the drill-rig is currently drilling on the first site. The Company has signed an agreement with Pacific Western Helicopters Ltd. to provide helicopter support services for this program. Construction of additional drill sites continues.

The first drill hole is designed to test the continuity of the higher grade zinc-lead mineralization encountered during previous exploration carried out by Inmet Mining Corporation and Ecstall Mining Corp. in the central part of the Akie stratiform, massive sulphide horizon.

All necessary permits for this program have issued by the relevant regulatory authorities and the required reclamation bond has been posted.

The Company has more than adequate funding available to complete this program.

The current exploration program on the Akie property, consisting entirely of diamond drilling, is being carried out under the supervision of Mr. Bernard Dewonck, P.Geo. (BC), a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

The Akie zinc-lead property, which has been optioned from Ecstall Mining Corp, comprises approximately 16,000 acres in the Omineca Mining Division, British Columbia. The property contains a partly-explored zinc-lead-silver-barite massive sulfide deposit. Between 1992 and 1996 approximately $5.4 million was spent exploring the property, including approximately 13,000 meters of diamond drilling.

The main Akie deposit has an historical inferred resource of 13,000,000 tonnes grading 8.52% zinc, 1.47% lead and 13.24g silver per tonne over an average true thickness of 6.3m based on a 1995 geological polygonal reserve study by Inmet Mining Corporation. This resource calculation appears to have been derived in a manner consistent with the definitions contained in the "Companion Policy 43-101CP to National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Deposits" but it has not been verified by Mantle's Qualified Person. Because of the uncertainty which may attach to inferred mineral resources it cannot be assumed that any or any part of an inferred mineral resource will be upgraded to an indicated or measured resource as a result of continued exploration.

The Akie deposit is open to expansion in tonnage and grade both along strike and down dip.

Mantle intends to concentrate on diamond drilling within and around the known Akie deposit as well as at several other high priority targets that have been identified on the property by previous exploration. The drilling would be directed towards proving up an economic tonnage of higher grade zinc mineralization at the main Akie deposit as well as discovering other bodies of potentially economic mineralization.

John R. Fraser, P.Geo. (BC), is the Company's Qualified Person and is responsible for the information contained in this news release.

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