Newstrike Resources Ltd.

Newstrike Resources Ltd.

February 20, 2009 16:30 ET

More Work Planned for Newstrike's Kirkland Lake East Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - Over the past year Newstrike (TSX VENTURE:NR) has conducted an aggressive exploration program on their newly acquired Kirkland Lake East property. Known as the Morris Kirkland, this gold property was last worked during the period 1936 to 1941 as described in a release dated September 15, 2008.

Since last summer work including outcrop stripping, mapping, sampling for gold, diamond drilling and geophysical survey work has been completed on the favourable rock unit of the property.

Most of the rock stripping was completed over terrain which overlies the underground workings at the east end of the property. Within the favourable trachyte volcanic rock unit, a narrow mineralized zone consisting of 15 to 20 % disseminated pyrite was detected along a shear zone striking north 30'east for about 50 metres. Subsequently, an area, including the mineralization, averaging about 5 metres wide for 50 metres long was sampled by vertical drill holes at one metre intervals. Gold assays from the cuttings indicate a discontinuous zone about two metres wide. The highest assays came from the south end of the zone where a trench was established to expose fresh rock.

Beneath the trench three sections of closely spaced holes were drilled along a length of 20 metres to establish a grade for the mineralized zone. It was determined that the mineralization dips steeply, lacks continuity and contains low gold values, i.e. 5.5 g/t over 2.0 m and 1.2 g/t over 6.0 m.

To the west, 150 and 350 metres respectively, two short holes were drilled to test observed mineralization in stripped rock exposure. No significant values were encountered. In all 600 metres were drilled in eight holes.

In late fall the central portion of the property which hosts the favourable trachyte volcanic rock was covered by an induced polarization survey. Further study and evaluation of the survey is required to determine if targets for gold mineralization have been identified.

For most of the property the induced polarization survey constitutes the only formal exploration of the favourable rock unit. A regional airborne magnetic survey shows that the structures that are associated with the gold mineralization, specifically, faults trending north 30' east, cross the west sector of the property at three separate locations. These features have not yet been explored and should be prospected when conditions permit.

The writer is the qualified person responsible for the project planning, verification of the information and data in this release and is satisfied that the information meets the appropriate standards.

R.J. Bradshaw, P.Eng., Economic Geologist

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