Northland Resources Inc.

Northland Resources Inc.

November 15, 2005 12:21 ET

Northland Completes Phase 2 Drilling at Barsele Gold Project, Sweden; Cuts 2.4 g/t Au Over 41m in Hole 008

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2005) - Mr. Buck Morrow, President, Northland Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NAU), is pleased to announce final results from the 2005 Central Zone core drilling program at the Barsele gold project in Sweden. This completes the reporting of assays from this year's drilling at Barsele. The results of the program are expected to enhance the current gold resource and provide additional data for an updated NI43-101 compliant resource calculation scheduled to be completed in January 2006.

Results of the most recent 7 hole core drilling program include the following highlights:

- 41m @ 2.4 g/t Au in hole 008 within a broader interval of 178m @ 1.26 g/t Au

- 32m @ 2.0 g/t Au in hole 007 within a broader interval of 229m @ 1.1g/t Au

- 18m @ 2.2 g/t Au in hole 009 within a broader interval of 196m @ 0.8g/t Au

- 16m @ 2.2 g/t Au in hole 010 within a broader interval of 91m @ 1.2 g/t Au

The Barsele Drilling Program consisted of 13 large diameter holes totaling 2,447m, including 6 Reverse Circulation (RC) (133mm diameter) holes and 7 Diamond Core (57mm diameter) holes. A full table of the new results is given below, together with the results for RC holes 1 through 6 previously reported in NAU's release dated October 3, 2005. A drill collar plan is available on Northland's web site at Cross sections will be posted shortly.

The objective of the program was to expand the existing NI43-101 compliant gold resource (reported in March of this year, in a report titled Technical Report Barsele Project Northern Sweden, available on and to investigate the effects of using larger diameter drilling on the average gold grades reported in the resource.

Northland's geologists suspect that the use of small diameter core (32mm) drilled during the historical 1986 and 1987 programs may have led to an under-estimation of the average gold grade at Barsele: much of the gold is believed to be present as fine, free particles of electrum averaging less than 40 micron, which may have been under-sampled by the small diameter core. In fact, the current program appears to have:

1. successfully demonstrated the existence of significant gold mineralization beyond the limits of the known resource at the Central Zone, and;

2. confirmed the potential to increase the average gold grade of the resource once a new NI43-101 compliant resource calculation is completed. Some of the recent holes which were drilled within the limits of the existing gold resource returned intersections with substantially higher grades than the average grade of the previous resource calculation.

Northland's geologists are now examining the possibility of re-drilling selected areas of the resource with larger diameter core.

It is interesting to note the presence of an extensive, lower grade +/-1g/t Au weighted average) mineralized halo surrounding the +2g/t Au intersections in holes 007, 008, 009 and 010. For example, the downhole width for the full zone of mineralization in 007, drilled on section line North 6525, is 229m at a weighted average of 1.1g/t Au starting at 17m downhole, for an estimated true width of approximately 150m. Hole 008, on section line North 6550, cut a broad zone with a weighted average of 1.26g/t Au over 178m from 6m downhole, which translates to an estimated true width of approximately 100m.

Preliminary Metallurgical Testwork

NAU commissioned OMAC Laboratories Ltd., Loughrea, Ireland to carry out preliminary metallurgical testwork on samples of gold mineralization from Barsele. Cyanide gold solubility tests were conducted on eleven samples from the Central Zone. The average size of sample used in the test was 913 grams. Samples were ground to 200 mesh, which is a similar grind size to other gold operations in the area.

The test (Au7a Accelerated Active Leach with Leach Aid) indicates high recoveries of cyanide soluble gold, yielding an average gold recovery of approximately 92%. Recoveries for individual tests ranged from 84.9% to 99.4% gold recovery.

Qualified Person

Vance V. Thornsberry, P.Geol., Vice President of Exploration for Northland Resources, is the Qualified Person as defined in NI43-101, responsible for overseeing the design and execution of the Barsele exploration program.

ALS Chemex Sweden AB, of Pitea, Sweden was responsible for sample preparation and shipment of sample pulps to Vancouver for analysis. ALS Chemex of Vancouver, Canada, using international standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:1999 has completed and certified all of Northland Resources' analytical work for the Barsele Project Sweden. Gold analysis was performed using fire assay with an atomic absorption finish "Au-AA26, Ore Grade Au 50g FA-AA finish". In addition to Chemex internal sample preparation and assay QC protocol, Northland maintains a rigorous quality control program consisting of inserting blanks, duplicates and certified standards to the analytical process.

Northland has not independently verified the historic results from the 1986 and 1987 drill programs.


Northland Resources Inc. is a well-structured, debt free junior exploration company with a portfolio of high quality iron, gold, and base metal exploration projects in Sweden and Finland. Northland has an option to acquire a 60% interest in the adjoining Norra and Barsele properties from Minmet plc by incurring a total of US$3.5 million in exploration expenditures and issuing 400,000 shares to Minmet by November 3, 2006 (see news release November 3, 2003).


Buck Morrow


Table 1. Drill results from Northland Resources Inc.
Barsele Project Drill Program

Hole No From To Interval (m)(i) Grade Au g/t
CDDH 05 007 17 246 229 1.08
includes 111 130 19 2.90
and 177 185 8 2.30
and 205 237 32 2.04
CDDH 05 008 6 184 178 1.26
includes 57 74 17 2.64
122 163 41 2.35
includes 122 133 11 5.41
CDDH 05 009 63 259 196 0.81
includes 70 80 10 2.41
and 134 152 18 2.20
and 171 181 10 1.56
CDDH 05 010 8.5 20 11.5 1.78
73 164 91 1.19
includes 73 89 16 2.19
and 108 128 20 1.51
CDDH 05 011 84 88 4 4.29
177 191 14 3.38
CDDH 05 012 87 105 18 2.09
170 178 8 2.43
CDDH 05 013 No significant values
2005 Holes Previously Released
(see News release dated October 3, 2005)
CNTRC05-001 34 38 4 2.5
CNTRC05-002 82 104 22 2.1
CNTRC05-003 37 54 17 2.1
and 63 79 16 2.0
CNTRC05-004 56 63 7 2.1
and 129 133 4 4.8
CNTRC05-005 No significant values
CNTRC05-006 70 78 8 2.0
and 101 107 6 2.1
and 110 129 19 2.0
(i) All thirteen holes were angled so the results do not reflect
the true thicknesses and depths below surface. True thickness
will be less than the intervals shown above and depths below
surface will be less than the down hole depths.

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