Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

December 11, 2006 09:30 ET

Messina Minerals Intersects Domino; Record Interval 23.65 Meters of 0.4% Copper, 3.0% Lead, 6.6% Zinc, 82 g/t Silver, 0.7 g/t Gold

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - Messina Minerals Inc. ("MMI") (TSX VENTURE:MMI) is drilling zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphides within Messina's Tulks South Property and adjacent properties located in central Newfoundland, Canada. The two-fold objectives of the ongoing exploration program are to:

- identify and test significant new exploration targets within Messina's extensive 323 square kilometer area properties, focusing on Domino and other zones adjacent to Boomerang

- calculate a NI43-101 resource estimate (in progress) at Messina's Boomerang zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold discovery; Boomerang drilling has recently concluded (see news release November 29, 2006).


- GA06-197 on section 3825E intersected 23.65 meters of massive sulphides assaying 0.4% copper, 3.0% lead, 6.6% zinc, 82 g/t silver, and 0.7 g/t gold, including a higher-grade 6.80 meter interval assaying 0.4% copper, 5.1% lead, 10.9% zinc, 144 g/t silver and 1.3 g/t gold. This is a record intercept at Domino, and is a greater interval than nearly all of Boomerang also.

- GA06-193 on section 3700E intersected 5.15 meters of massive sulphides assaying 0.4% copper, 3.7% lead, 7.1% zinc, 104 g/t silver, and 0.6 g/t gold.

- Domino massive sulphide mineralization has now been intersected over an 825 meter strike length between sections 3200E and 4025E, and remains open to both the east and west.


A total of 15 holes to date, including 3 holes reported here, has demonstrated continuity of Domino massive sulphide mineralization along an 825 meter strike length; Domino remains open at both ends.

GA06-197 on section 3825E intersected a record interval of 23.65 meters of massive sulphides assaying 0.4% copper, 3.0% lead, 6.6% zinc, 82 g/t silver, and 0.7 g/t gold, including a higher-grade 6.80 meter interval assaying 0.4% copper, 5.1% lead, 10.9% zinc, 144 g/t silver and 1.3 g/t gold.

GA06-197 was wedged from existing hole GA97-05 drilled by a previous explorer in 1997. GA97-05 intersected 3.6 meters of sulphides assaying 0.5% copper, 2.5% lead, 7.0% zinc, 73 g/t silver, and 0.6 g/t gold. GA06-197 intersected the 23.65 meters of Domino sulphides approximately 10 meters vertically above GA97-05. This has great exploration significance because it confirms what Messina's geologists have observed at Boomerang and now again at Domino: the transition from relatively thin massive sulphides to very thick massive sulphides is abrupt and can occur over 10m to 20m of vertical distance. In this example, the transition from 3.6 meters to 23.65 meters of sulphides occurs over a vertical distance of 10 meters.

GA06-193 on 3700E intersected 5.15 meters of massive sulphides assaying 0.4% copper, 3.7% lead, 7.1% zinc, 104 g/t silver, and 0.6 g/t gold. This was wedged from existing hole GA06-189 which was too deep to intersect Domino; GA06-193 is 35 meters vertically above the pre-existing hole. GA06-193 is 25 meters laterally west of Domino discovery hole GA06-96 which intersected 10.58 meters of massive sulphides assaying 0.5% copper, 5.5% lead, 7.3% zinc, 128 g/t silver, and 1.0 g/t gold.

GA06-192 on 3400E intersected 3.43 meters of massive and semi-massive sulphides assaying 0.3% copper, 0.3% lead, 2.0% zinc, 10 g/t silver, and no significant gold. GA06-192 is important because it provides evidence of continuity of Domino mineralization between 3525E (holes GA06-120 and GA06-123) and 3200E (GA05-38). GA06-192 is interpreted to have hit Domino near its top; the thicker and higher-grade portion of Domino is interpreted to lie vertically beneath this intercept point. Also, the Domino GA06-192 intercept lies approximately 100 meters vertically below the position of Boomerang massive sulphides on this section.

For comparative purposes, the following table summarizes all 15 Domino massive sulphide intercepts drilled to date, listed from west to east.

Hole Section From (m) To (m) Interval Cu % Pb % Zn % Ag g/t Au g/t
GA05-38 3200E 409.60 414.10 4.50 0.3 1.6 1.9 53 1.2

GA05-21 3275E 515.10 515.95 0.85 0.2 1.0 3.9 37 0.1

GA06-192 3400E 380.82 384.25 3.43 0.3 0.3 2.0 10 0.05

GA06-120 3525E 521.72 522.84 1.12 0.4 3.0 5.5 87 0.5
GA06-123 3525E 532.00 532.60 0.60 0.7 3.5 8.2 129 1.0

GA06-103 3610E 502.08 503.17 1.09 0.4 3.0 8.1 158 0.9
GA06-107 3625E 524.70 525.86 1.16 1.1 7.9 17.4 322 1.1
GA06-100 3650E 514.02 517.55 3.53 1.0 8.7 23.8 267 1.3

GA06-193 3700E 543.70 548.85 5.15 0.4 3.7 7.1 104 0.6
including 545.90 548.85 2.95 0.6 5.5 10.3 153 0.8
GA06-96 3725E 536.50 547.08 10.58 0.5 5.5 7.3 128 1.0

GA06-109 3800E 550.29 568.12 17.83 nsa nsa 1.6 8 nsa
GA06-197 3825E 549.40 573.65 23.65 0.4 3.0 6.6 82 0.7
including 566.25 573.05 6.80 0.4 5.1 10.9 144 1.3
GA97-05 3825E 555.50 559.10 3.60 0.5 2.5 7.0 73 0.6

GA06-119 3930E 622.50 634.19 11.69 0.4 3.5 4.7 121 0.5
including 630.57 634.19 3.62 0.9 10.0 12.5 253 1.3

GA06-128 4025E 656.30 666.00 9.70 0.2 1.0 1.8 57 0.3
including 662.30 666.00 3.80 0.3 1.9 3.1 112 0.4

The shape and extents of Domino shown on map "Boomerang Long Section - Diamond Drill Intersections" accompanying this news release is preliminary in nature for Domino. Note that the Domino envelope has not been extended west to include either GA05-21 or GA05-38 on this map, pending additional confirmation drilling. This map is available on Messina's website at under the heading "Maps"; entitled "Boomerang Long Section - Diamond Drill Intersections" which summarizes the position of all Boomerang, Domino, and Hurricane intercepts.


The dip of Domino is approximately 85 degrees, as is the adjacent Boomerang massive sulphide deposit. Domino lies at approximately 500 meter vertical depth and is now interpreted to lie as close as 75 meters beneath the bottom of Boomerang on section 3200E. The true thickness of reported Domino intervals is undetermined but currently interpreted to be approximately 0.7 times the recorded interval thickness.


Messina has acquired mineral rights to a large land position in central Newfoundland with demonstrated potential for multiple deposits of zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide mineralization in a region with excellent mining and transportation infrastructure. Messina's strategy is to discover and delineate mineral resources within its properties capable of being extracted and processed using a centralized mill.

Boomerang was discovered on December 4, 2004; the discovery was announced on December 10, 2004. In two years, Messina has delineated the Boomerang zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver mineral resource with approximately 100 drill holes testing 50 meter lateral sections over a 500 meter strike length, and with a 25 meter vertical spacing over a 275 meter height. Messina's block model of Boomerang using Surpac mining software and incorporating assay data and density measurements is being updated. This data will be used by an independent mining engineering company to calculate a NI43-101-compliant mineral resource and is expected to be available in 2007.

Also during the two year span, Messina has discovered a second zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver massive sulphide lens adjacent to Boomerang at Domino in February 2006, and identified a third nearby target with similar potential at Hurricane in October 2006. The drill program will break for Christmas holidays and begin again in early January 2007 testing Domino, Hurricane, and other high-priority targets.

Specific gravity testing, rock quality determinations and photographic logging of all massive sulphide intersections are performed systematically by Messina staff prior to assaying. Assays are performed by Eastern Analytical Limited of Springdale, Newfoundland. Check assays and other lithogeochemical analyses are performed by Chemex Labs of North Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company employs methodical and geoscientifically accepted procedures for assaying including quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) including the use of duplicates and standards for all analytical testing. Drill holes are assigned a number if they are started and reach bedrock; hole numbers not referenced are those terminated before reaching target due to bad ground or excessive deviation.

Kerry Sparkes, Vice President Exploration of Messina Minerals Inc. is the Qualified Person responsible for exploration on the Company's properties in central Newfoundland and the person responsible for the technical data contained within this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Messina Minerals Inc.

Peter Tallman, President

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