Thundermin Resources Inc.
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Thundermin Resources Inc.

December 05, 2011 13:13 ET

Thundermin Receives Encouraging Results from a First Phase Exploration Program on the Stirling Zinc-Lead-Copper-Silver-Gold Massive Sulphide Property, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2011) - Thundermin Resources Inc. ("Thundermin") (TSX:THR) announces that it has received encouraging results from a first phase exploration program completed in early November 2011 on its Stirling zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold property located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Stirling Property consists of 404 claims (64.6 km²) covering approximately 15 kms of favourable volcanic stratigraphy that trends southwest from the past-producing Mindamar (Stirling) Mine. The Mindamar Mine, which was mined in the 1930's and again in the 1950's, consisted of several massive sulphide lenses which contained over 1,000,000 tonnes of ore grading 6.3% Zn, 1.5% Pb, 0.8% Cu, 74.0 g/t Ag and 1.1 g/t Au (see Thundermin's news releases dated June 23 and July 21, 2011 for additional details on the terms of the Stirling Agreement and the Stirling Property).

An initial $200,000 exploration program on the Stirling property consisted of 175 km of line cutting over the majority of the property, prospecting, geological mapping, induced polarization ("IP") geophysical surveys and mobile metal ion ("MMI") geochemical sampling over selected key target areas. Four high priority drill targets for base metal and/or gold mineralization were outlined during this initial work.

The two most significant targets outlined to date occur near the center of the Stirling property where lithogeochemical sampling undertaken by Xstrata Canada Inc. ("Xstrata") (formerly Falconbridge Limited) during 1989-1991 outlined a package of rocks with similar geochemical signatures to those that host the Mindamar Mine approximately 8 km to the northeast. At the Taylor's Brook base metal showing, Xstrata intersected wide intervals of sulphide mineralization containing anomalous values of copper and zinc in four shallow drill holes, with the best intersection assaying 5.2% copper over 1.0 m. A deep penetrating IP survey, recently completed over a portion of the Taylor's Brook area by Thundermin, outlined a significant IP conductor with a minimum strike length of 600 m that is interpreted to extend to depth well beyond the shallow drilling completed by Xstrata. This area warrants additional IP surveying and diamond drilling in 2012.

The most significant exploration target outlined to date occurs approximately two km southwest of the Taylor's Brook area where a strong IP conductor has been outlined over a strike length of at least one km. This conductor is characterized by an area of extremely high conductivity and low resistivity that occurs along the flank of a magnetic high. The IP conductor also correlates with a weak to moderate airborne conductor that has never been drilled. This target area requires drilling in 2012.

Three lines of MMI geochemical sampling were conducted by Thundermin over a portion of the above-noted IP anomaly, the mineralized zone at Taylor's Brook and over a third target area located three kms northeast of Taylor's Brook where Amax Minerals Limited discovered significant poly-metallic mineralization in drilling approximately 30 years ago. The MMI samples are currently in the laboratory for analysis for zinc, lead, copper, silver and gold and results are expected in early to mid-January.

John B. Heslop, President & CEO of Thundermin said "We are pleased to have acquired this significant land package in the underexplored Stirling volcanic belt. We are extremely satisfied with the results that we have received to date in a very short timeframe. We feel that these results confirm our belief that the Stirling area is prospective for the discovery of additional precious metal rich, zinc-lead-copper deposits by using deeper penetrating geophysical techniques that have not been employed previously. The Stirling Property is a relatively early stage project that will complement our more advanced stage Little Deer copper project in Newfoundland".

Qualified Person

Mr. Douglas Hunter, MSc., P.Geo., President of Earthunt Resources Inc., Mr. Hunter's private consulting company, is the Q.P. responsible for the supervision of the exploration program conducted by Thundermin on the Stirling property for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Hunter has reviewed the contents of this news release for accuracy and approved of its release.

Option Agreement

Under the terms of the Stirling agreement, Thundermin has the right to earn a 100% interest in the Stirling Property by spending $1,000,000 on exploration and by making cash payments of $70,000 and issuing 300,000 Thundermin shares to the Vendors over four years. The first year commitments are a minimum of $150,000 of exploration expenditures (completed) and the payment of $15,000 cash (made) and the issuance of 100,000 Thundermin shares to the Vendors (made) upon the signing of the Stirling Agreement. All remaining exploration expenditures, cash payments and share issuances beyond the first year are at Thundermin's option, subject to a minimum exploration expenditure of $100,000 per year if Thundermin elects to continue the option. If Thundermin acquires a 100% interest in the Stirling Property, the Vendors will be entitled to receive a 2.0% net smelter returns royalty, 50% of which may be purchased from the Vendors by Thundermin at any time for $1,000,000. If Thundermin acquires a 100% interest in the Stirling Property but fails to reach commercial production by May 17, 2019, then Thundermin will be required to pay the Vendors a recoupable advance royalty in the amount of $25,000 per year until commercial production is reached.

About Thundermin

Thundermin is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company focused on the exploration for and the discovery of economically viable base metal and gold deposits in Canada. Thundermin has an interest in, or the right to earn an interest in, 12 base metal and gold properties in Canada. The most significant of these is the Little Deer copper property in the Springdale area of Newfoundland where Thundermin and 50% joint venture partner Cornerstone Resources Inc. have outlined Indicated Mineral Resources of 1,911,000 tonnes grading 2.37% copper and Inferred Mineral Resources of 3,748,000 tonnes grading 2.13% copper. A positive Preliminary Economic Assessment was announced for the Little Deer project on November 1, 2011. Thundermin owns a 100% interest in the Lebel Township gold property, which is located on the Kirkland Lake Main Break in the prolific Kirkland Lake gold camp. Thundermin has royalty interests in 28 base metal and gold properties located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Quebec, the most significant being a 2.5% net smelter return royalty in the Pelletier Lake gold deposit which is under option to Alexis Minerals Corporation. Thundermin also has various shareholdings in thirteen other junior resource companies that are actively exploring for base metal, gold, chrome, vanadium-titanium and diamond deposits in Canada.

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