Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

August 10, 2009 11:20 ET

Messina Minerals Inc. Prospecting Results at Haven Steady, NL

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has received assay results from surface sampling on the Haven Steady Property located in central Newfoundland, Canada. Messina may earn a 100% interest in the Haven Steady Property by expending $600,000 in exploration by June 2014.

The objective of the initial reconnaissance program was to locate the bedrock source of two separate copper-in-soil anomalies identified by Noranda in the 1980's which have not been explained or tested by diamond drilling. The discovery of copper mineralization may be economically interesting as the Haven Steady property lies 15 km south of the operating Duck Pond copper-zinc mill.


Two samples of outcropping felsic sub-volcanic porphyry assayed 6.6% copper and 9.0% copper respectively. Both samples contain chalcopyrite and bornite. The felsic porphyry is interpreted to represent the feeder to the massive sulphide system and the amount of copper mineralization it contains is a positive exploration indicator.

The initial prospecting survey to assess the copper soil anomalies indicates there is potential for a copper-enriched massive sulphide zone along strike from zinc-lead enriched massive sulphides historically identified on the Haven Steady property.

Work Results:

Compilation of previous surface exploration results is complete. Compilation of historical drilling results in the center of the property which targeted the zinc-lead soil anomaly is nearing completion.

Previous work by Asarco (1960's) and Noranda (1980's) identified a 1.6 km long soil anomaly on Messina's Haven Steady property. The soil anomaly is zoned. The western portion is copper-enriched and extends 150 meters in length and is untested. The central portion is zinc- and lead-enriched and extends over 800 meters in length. Noranda tested the zinc-lead portion of the soil anomaly with twelve widely spaced drill holes of which six intersected economically interesting zinc-lead bearing massive sulphides over a strike length of 600 meters and to a vertical depth of 375 meters, and ten of eleven holes intersected wide zones of anomalous zinc-lead mineralization. The eastern portion of the soil anomaly is copper-enriched and extends 400 meters in length and is untested.

Prospecting efforts by Messina targeted the eastern and western copper-in-soil anomalies. A total of 47 samples were all collected from outcrop or 'in-place' subcrop.

Eastern Copper Anomaly

A total of 7 samples were collected from a 50 meter area within the 400 meter long eastern copper soil anomaly. One sample contained only sphalerite mineralization and assayed 1.8% zinc. Two samples assayed 6.6% copper and 9.0% copper and contained both chalcopyrite and bornite. The remaining four samples assayed between 0.9% copper and 2.4% copper and contained only chalcopyrite hosted by stockwork within altered tuffaceous felsic volcanics.

The samples containing bornite with chalcopyrite were from an outcropping felsic subvolcanic porphyry unit containing coarse 5-20cm stringers of copper-silica stockwork. This is interpreted to be a copper-enriched sub-volcanic feeder to the Haven Steady zinc-lead massive sulphide however no significant amount of copper has been intersected to date in previous drilling, which has not tested the prospective areas with copper-in-soil anomalies.

Western Copper Anomaly

A total of 40 were collected from the western copper soil anomaly of 150 meter length. Of the 40 samples, 12 samples assayed between 0.5% copper and 2.9% copper and contain chalcopyrite mineralization in stockwork within altered tuffaceous felsic volcanics.

The initial prospecting survey to assess the copper soil anomalies indicates there is potential for a copper-enriched massive sulphide zone along strike from the zinc-lead enriched massive sulphides historically identified on the Haven Steady property.

On-going Work:

Prospecting and mapping programs continue in the area of the eastern copper soil anomaly with the objective of locating more copper mineralization and tracing the extent of the sub-volcanic porphyry. Compilation of historical drilling is nearing completion. The overall objective is to identify initial drill targets on the property in the latter part of 2009.


The Haven Steady Property covers the Haven Steady zinc-lead massive sulphide prospect and associated soil anomaly documented by Noranda in the 1980's. The six holes which intersected massive sulphide mineralization at the Haven Steady prospect assayed (from west to east, as reported by Noranda, 1990):

0.7% copper, 0.2% lead, 6.5% zinc over 1.0 meters (HS88-06)

0.1% copper, 2.7% lead, 9.8% zinc over 3.5 meters (HS88-07)

0.3% copper, 1.3% lead, 4.5% zinc over 2.1 meters (HS88-02)

0.9% copper, 1.3% lead, 6.2% zinc over 3.0 meters (HS88-03)

0.2% copper, 2.3% lead, 8.6% zinc over 2.0 meters (HS88-05)

0.1% copper, 6.3% lead, 4.1% zinc over 1.8 meters (HS86-87)

The Haven Steady prospect remains open at both ends going towards the two copper in soil anomalies, and at depth.

The mineralization at Haven Steady is described as volcanogenic massive sulphide of the "Kuroko type" and is reported by Noranda to be barium-enriched. The Haven Steady property lies 15 km south of the producing Duck Pond copper-zinc mine and mill and approximately 75 km northeast of Messina's "Boomerang" deposit on the Tulks South Property.

Sample Protocols

All samples were photographed and tested using a magnetic susceptibility meter. Samples were submitted to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, NF for analysis. All samples were assayed for gold by fire assay - atomic absorption finish. All samples were also analyzed for 34 elements by ICP (inductively coupled plasma). 'Over-limit' results using the ICP method were analyzed by assay techniques standard to that element. Pulps and coarse rejects from these samples have been retained. Messina uses protocols standard to the industry and professional QA/QC procedures for assaying including the use of laboratory standards, blanks, and duplicates, the retention of pulps and coarse rejects, and the maintenance of chain-of-custody among other procedures.

About Messina

Messina Minerals Inc. is exploring for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide deposits in central Newfoundland, Canada on its extensive 410 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 responsible for exploration on the Company's properties in central Newfoundland and who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical data contained in this news release.


Peter Tallman, President

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