Westminster Resources Ltd.

Westminster Resources Ltd.

March 04, 2009 11:32 ET

Westminster Acquires a New Gold-Copper Porphyry District in Sonora: Navojoa Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Westminster Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WMR) -

Westminster's objective was to acquire and define under-explored targets that are drill ready and have the potential to evolve into large-scale discoveries. The company's first thrust has been achieved with its acquisition of a new mineral district-scale property near Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. The state of Sonora contains world-class, precious and base-metal reserves and producing mines. This attractive region has a strong mining history and culture with favorable permitting and infrastructure that allow for aggressive year-round exploration.

The company's subsidiary Minera Westminster, S.A. de C.V. holds mineral properties through Option Agreements and a Letter of Intent. The highly prospective gold-copper porphyry systems lie within a new mineral district in the foothills of the famous geologic region of the Sierra Madre.

An amendment to the Mexican Mining Law, effective as of January 1, 2006, provides for "Mining Concessions" to be held for 50 years during exploration and exploitation and they may be renewed for an additional 50 years. Concessions remain valid with the payment of semiannual taxes and yearly minimum investments. All of the Navojoa Project's present holdings are in good standing. Details concerning the Navojoa property and underlying agreements will be posted on Sedar upon registration with the Mexican Public Registry of Mining.

Widespread surface alteration and mineralization suggests that at least three potential centers of gold-copper skarn and granite-hosted porphyry systems occur within the approximate 10 kilometer by 21 kilometer area of contiguous claims. Topographic high outcroppings of malachite (copper) stained oxidized skarns in proximity to or at the contact with multiphase porphryritic granitoid bodies contain garnet, actinolite, tremolite, epidote, and magnetite mineral assemblages. Red box work limonite (after chalcocite) veins and fractures cross cut the skarn bodies. These oxidized leached veins contain remmanent copper values and upon crushing pannable gold is recovered. Although not yet mapped on a deposit scale, the district features widespread zones of hydrothermally altered metasediments and granitic bodies. Propylitic (chlorite-epidote), potassic (biotite), phyllic (sericite), and argillic (kaolinite-alunite) alteration zones typical of well developed gold-copper porphyry systems are proximal to the known skarns.

A detailed surface exploration phase one program is expected to commence immediately. The untested potential of the large Navojoa Project area will be evaluated by prospecting, stream sediment and soil geochemical surveys, ground geophysical magnetic surveys, skarn and associated porphyry system alteration zone mapping. This work will evaluate the dimensions, surficial grades and character of the leached and oxide mineralization associated with the three known porphyry system centers.

The Property's first ever drill program will start in May, 2009 targeting outcropping gold-copper skarn bodies and also an area where an Induced Polarization (IP) geophysical survey chargeability anomaly has been interpreted as a response to elevated levels of sulphide mineralization. The anomalous IP response underlies rusty, leached, iron oxide capping outcrop and includes a presumed supergene enriched blanket (chalcocite?) preserved under flat lying young Tertiary volcanic cover adjacent to the exposed leached areas. This 2.5 kilometer by 1.5 kilometer long modeled chargeability IP anomaly is associated with the central porphyry system and is open in all directions.

The Company has assembled a strong professional Mexico based support team who will continue to assist in all phases of acquisition, permitting, exploration and development of the Navojoa Project.

The foregoing geological disclosure has been reviewed and verified by director Glen C. Macdonald P. Geo and a qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.



Glen C. Macdonald

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  • Westminster Resources Ltd.
    Greg Agar
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