Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

November 02, 2009 09:10 ET

Messina Minerals Inc. Acquires New Zinc Property at Daniels Harbour NL

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has acquired an additional 101 claims totaling 2,525 hectares area by staking at the Daniels Harbour Property located in western Newfoundland, Canada. Messina acquired its original Daniels Harbour property by staking 80 claims totaling 2,000 hectares area (see NR 27 April, 2009). The Daniels Harbour property package now totals 181 claims of 4,525 hectares in area owned 100% by Messina.

The property includes the site of the former Daniels Harbour zinc mine operated by Teck Corporation which produced approximately 7 million tonnes of ore grading 8% zinc with by-product cadmium credits from 1975 to 1990. The sulphide ore mineralization is described to consist almost entirely of sphalerite which allowed excellent (98%) zinc recoveries and produced a premium grade (63%) zinc concentrate (Teck, 1981) during the life of mine. The mineralization at Daniels Harbour is described as "Mississippi-Valley Type" hosted by Ordovician age carbonate rocks.

The new claims were identified and staked as a result of ongoing preliminary compilation of historical drilling and assay intersections contained in Teck's assessment filings (1975-1990; some assays reported below in vertical holes drilled from surface) adjacent to the former mine workings and in regional exploration programs. The claims cover a number of zinc prospects including:

Black Duck Zone:

Defined by 400 foot spaced drill lines over a 1200 foot strike length, including hole 2006 which intersected 12.13% Zn over 4.5 ft from 108.9-113.4 ft.

Muddy Brook Zone:

Defined by 400 foot spaced drill lines over a 1200 foot strike length, including hole 1397 which intersected 27.25% Zn over 1.4 ft from 357.3-358.7 ft.

The Daniels Harbour property is transected by numerous paved and gravel roads which supported the former mine and remain in good condition. Two powerlines also transect the property. The property is 5 km from a provincial highway and 10 km from the coastal community of Daniels Harbour.

On-going Work:

A reconnaissance program evaluating the newly claimed areas is underway. The objective is to locate and verify drill collars, surface outcrops and mineralization, and old mine grid or local grid control points to accurately integrate this information into Messina's developing geological compilation.

Compilation of historical drilling and assay intersections adjacent to the former mine workings is continuing, and the scope has expanded to include all regional drill holes and results. The overall objective is to identify prospective areas for similar zinc mineralization adjacent to the former Daniels Harbour mine workings and regionally. Recommendations for further work in 2010 will be based upon the results of data compilation.

About Messina

Messina Minerals Inc. is a leading explorer for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide deposits in Newfoundland, Canada on its extensive 450 square kilometer mineral lands, in a region known historically for its zinc resources and where the Company has made massive sulphide discoveries including "Boomerang" and "Domino". See our website for more information.

Kerry Sparkes, P.Geo., Vice President of Messina Minerals Inc. is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical data contained in this news release.


Peter Tallman, President

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