Yamana Gold Inc.
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Yamana Gold Inc.

November 26, 2007 05:00 ET

Yamana Gold Provides Exploration Update

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2007) - YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI)(NYSE:AUY)(LSE:YAU) today announced a mine, near-mine and regional exploration update. These results continue to demonstrate unrealized value at Yamana's principal operations and additional value created from potential discoveries resulting from Yamana's exploration efforts.

El Penon, Chile

At the El Penon mine, drilling has discovered a new high-grade vein in the footwall of the Al Este vein. The vein intercepts were obtained as part of the infill drilling program at Al Este. The new vein has been intersected along a strike length of 700 metres and a dip length of 150 metres, however, the best grades are currently in the southern end of the structure. The best results to date include (all true width):



Hole From To Width(m) Au(g/t) Ag(g/t) Aueq(g/t)
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SPA0012 256 260 1.72 58.93 2,686 102.96
SPA0053 310 315 2.07 4.14 482.5 12.05
SPA0099 272 288 4.75 7.21 296 12.06
SAI0063 246 260 5.68 43.43 1,615 69.90


The discovery of this vein with its high-grade precious metals values along with Bonanza, Esmeralda and Al Este confirm the interpretation of this area as a new centre of high-grade mineralization for El Penon (Figure 1 attached). All of these new vein discoveries occur within a kilometre of each other and are located less than one kilometre from underground development at Cerro Martillo.

These results corroborate Yamana's view that there is unrealized value at El Penon derived from continued precious metals production at high grades along with a longer mine life and the potential to increase annual gold production through a combination of high-grade areas and increased throughput.

Yamana is advancing its plans to increase throughput and production of precious metals at El Penon through the development of new veins at higher grades with production expected to increase from over 420,000 gold equivalent ounces in 2008 to over 500,000 gold equivalent ounces in 2010.

Jacobina, Brazil

At the Jacobina mine complex, drilling has continued to focus on Canavieiras and on Morro do Vento east, both high-grade, near-mine targets in addition to two regional targets including Pindobacu on which drill data was previously reported. At Canavieiras, 19 holes totaling 11,497 metres have been completed this year to infill and extend down dip previously identified mineralization along a two kilometre extension of conglomerate reefs.



CAN148: 11.0 metres at 3.95 g/t Au (from 462.8 to 489.4 metres) - MU Reef

12.2 metres at 4.08 g/t Au (from 495.6 to 509.0 metres) including
3.4 metres at 10.63 g/t Au - LU Reef


Most of the known resource at the Jacobina mine complex is at the Canavieiras mine. These drilling results confirm the continuing importance of Canavieiras to the future expansion of Jacobina and the potential that Canavieiras will be larger and with higher grades than those currently being mined at Joao Belo.

Jacobina is undergoing a two-phased expansion expected to be completed in 2009 at which time production is expected to increase from approximately 140,000 ounces of gold in 2008 to over 200,000 ounces of gold in 2009.

Pilar de Goias, Brazil

To date in 2007, Yamana has completed 75 drill holes at Pilar de Goias. The Pilar de Goias project is located in the Archean Pilar-Guarinos Greenstone Belt, which is geologically similar to the Crixas Greenstone Belt, which hosts Anglo Gold's Crixas mine approximately 35 kilometres to the west of Pilar.

The most advanced drill target is the Jordino-Ogo-Tres Buracos trend (JOT) (Figure 2 attached). In 2007, Yamana focused drilling on the Tres Buracos and Jordino targets. Mineralization is localized within a thrust fault zone at the basal contact of graphitic schist. The mineralized fault contact has been traced along five kilometres of strike length and is open in all directions. Gold mineralization is structurally controlled and related to sulphide (mostly arsenopyrite) and quartz concentrations.

Within the fault, mineralization occurs in two principal zones:

Upper zone: Mineralization is hosted in chlorite schist, at the hanging wall portion of the main thrust fault and is up to 60 metres in width. The mineralization is typified by common thin quartz veinlets with associated disseminated pyrite.

Basal zone: Mineralization is characterized by strong silicification and sulphidation, with arsenopyrite as the main sulphide, commonly reaching as much as 5% of the rock volume. The average thickness of the Basal zone is 10 metres.

The Tres Buracos target on the northeastern edge of the JOT trend has excellent potential as an open pit, heap leach target. The near surface mineralization is exposed continuously along strike in old garimpero workings. The most significant drill results from Tres Buracos are listed in below:



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Hole Area From To Interval (i) Gold grade
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(m) (m) (m) g/t Au
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JOT 81 3 Buracos 87.0 111.0 24.0 0.91
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including 87.0 90.0 3.0 2.57
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106.0 110.2 4.2 2.42
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JOT 76 3 Buracos 18.7 85.2 66.5 1.13
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including 26.0 31.0 5.0 4.59
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including 54.1 60.52 6.51 2.81
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JOT 78 3 Buracos 82.0 134.0 52.0 0.85
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including 107.0 119.0 12.0 1.59
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JOT 82 37.8 49.0 11.2 1.0
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JOT 84 3 Buracos 75.0 84.0 9.0 1.29
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including 81.6 84.0 2.4 4.24
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JOT 85 3 Buracos 50.0 104.0 54.0 2.96
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including 70.0 71.0 1.0 120.00 (ii)
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including 90.4 104.0 13.6 1.63
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JOT 93 3 Buracos 100.0 113.0 13.0 1.34
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including 102.0 103.0 1.0 10.27
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(i) True width has yet to be determined

(ii) grade capped at 120 g/t Au.


Gold mineralization at Jordino occurs mainly at the Basal zone. Drilling during the year was designed to investigate the continuity of the mineralization down dip and along strike to expand previous resources. The best results to date include:



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Hole Area From To Interval (i) Gold grade
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(m) (m) (m) g/t Au
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JOT 30 Jordino/Ogo 161.6 169.6 8.0 17.2
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including 161.6 162.7 1.1 117.0
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JOT 103 Jordino 129.0 133.0 4.0 2.22
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including 129.8 130.8 1.0 7.75
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JOT 106 Jordino 79.0 84.9 5.9 2.67
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including 82.0 83.7 1.7 8.89
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JOT 107 Jordino 96.0 99.0 3.0 2.13
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143.0 150.0 7.0 7.62
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including 146.0 147.8 1.8 52.42
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JOT 108 Jordino 148.0 155.2 7.2 2.71
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including 153.0 155.2 2.3 7.2
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JOT 110 Jordino 54.0 97.4 43.4 2.45
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including 67.0 68.0 1.0 83.02
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JOT 112 Jordino 99.0 109.0 10.0 1.36
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including 101.0 102.0 1.0 12.16
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(i) True width has yet to be determined.


Drill results to date indicate that:

- the mineralized horizon is likely continuous along six kilometres of strike length along the JOT trend;

- the width and continuity of the Upper zone bodes well for a potential near surface deposit exploitable by open pit mining;

- high-grade results show potential for high-grade ore shoots distributed along the trend; and

- mineral envelopes outlined and geological pathfinders associated with both low and high-grade zones are well defined and will help in further exploration.

Yamana's drilling program is targeted at outlining the JOT mineralization, testing continuation along the trend and the definition of high-grade ore shoots.

Pilar de Goias is an underexplored gold belt with significant potential for discovery of new gold deposits. Tres Buracos and Jordino are two of several significant targets in the area which demonstrate the potential for entirely new high-grade gold discoveries.

Pau-a-Pique, Brazil

Pau-a-Pique is located in the Guapore Gold Belt, 120 kilometres south of Yamana's Sao Francisco gold mine. Gold mineralization is hosted in a northwest striking, near vertical, pyritic shear zone at the boundary of Archean intrusive rocks and metaconglomerates of the Proterozoic Aguapei Group. The shear zone has been traced for a strike length of at least three kilometres and is open along strike and at depth. To date, 14,772 metres of diamond drilling has been completed in 39 holes along a strike length of 800 metres.



The most significant results from drilling at Pau-a-Pique include:

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Hole Area From To True Width Gold grade
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(m) (m) (m) g/t Au
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Pau-a-Pique 499.0 506.0 5.4 1.96

PQ-31 (West trap)

including 499.0 500.0 0.8 4.55

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Pau-a-Pique 659.0 664.8 5.1 1.25

(Main trap)

including 660.0 661.0 0.9 3.70

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Pau-a-Pique 873.0 885.0 9.3 2.17

PQ-37 (Main trap)

including 878.0 880.0 1.6 4.65

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Pau-a-Pique

697.0 700.7 2.4 11.21

(West trap)

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Pau-a-Pique

PQ-39 443.3 445.4 1.9 6.27

(Main trap)

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The results from hole PQ-37 are encouraging because they extend mineralization to depth by 450 metres below the previous reported high-grade zone intercepted by hole PQ-12 and increase significantly the resources potential. Drill hole PQ-31 extended the north end of mineralization by at least 60 metres. The known mineralization now has dimensions of 580 metres of strike length by 880 metres of dip length with average widths of approximately five metres.

Holes PQ-31 and PQ-37 both intercept a new mineralized structure (West Trap) 100 metres west of and parallel to the main structure. Assay results returned 5.4 metres at 1.9g/t Au and 2.4 metres at 11.2g/t Au respectively. This new mineralized structure is open to the south and down-dip.

A scoping study is expected to be commenced in 2008 to look at the possibility of creating a central mill to exploit the Pau-a-Pique and Ernesto projects. The projects, which have similar metallurgy, are approximately 40 kilometres apart.

Pau-a-Pique is one of the more advanced targets on the Guapore Gold Belt and shows the potential to be a new mineral discovery along a gold belt that already has Sao Francisco in operation and Sao Vicente under construction.

Alhue, Chile (Minera Florida)

The Company is also pleased to report on recent advancements made at the Minera Florida project. Exploration drilling has confirmed the potential of an area known as the Mineralized Triangle. This target is named as such given its geometry which resembles a triangle. Underground diamond drilling completed near the Millennium ore body has outlined a very wide zone of mineralization that will immediately add to resources and reserves of the immediate mine area (Figures 3, 4 and 5 attached). The best results include:



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Hole From To Width(m) Au(g/t) Ag(g/t) Zn(%)
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ALH0348 0.00 4.57 4.57 6.12 8 0.27
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ALH0348 4.57 35.60 31.03 2.65 5 0.9
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ALH0349 0.00 10.29 10.29 2.21 2 0.46
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ALH0349 10.29 40.10 29.81 4.61 4 1.44
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ALH0351 0.00 9.00 9.00 1.6 2 0.12
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ALH0351 9.00 20.00 11.00 1.43 2 0.67
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ALH0351 20.00 40.10 20.10 3.22 3 0.72
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ALH0351 40.10 50.60 10.50 2.46 3 0.5
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ALH0353 0.00 21.90 21.90 1.75 4 1.34
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ALH0353 21.90 31.90 10.00 3.88 4 2.3
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ALH0354 0.00 7.90 7.90 1.54 2 0.09
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ALH0354 7.90 17.07 9.17 2.72 4 1.81
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ALH0354 17.07 30.09 13.02 7.22 5 1.8
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ALH0354 30.09 42.35 12.26 1.81 2 1.41
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ALH0355 36.48 43.76 7.28 7.84 8 1.51
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ALH0355 44.65 57.35 12.70 3.64 3 0.74
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ALH359 30.43 34.03 3.60 3.31 6 1.43
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ALH0359 38.57 55.60 17.03 4.69 4 0.35
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ALH0360 17.50 25.40 7.90 11.79 13 2.49
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ALH0360 28.22 47.98 19.76 2.04 1 0.51
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ALH0361 19.20 26.30 7.10 3.04 3 0.43
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ALH0361 26.30 37.41 11.11 6.13 6 0.59
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ALH0361 37.41 47.30 9.89 2.38 1 0.33
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ALH0362 14.23 24.94 10.71 2.5 5 0.36
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ALH0362 24.94 28.30 3.36 1.66 4 0.34
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ALH0362 28.30 32.64 4.34 1.37 9 1.02
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ALH0363 18.30 19.60 1.30 1.99 1 0.24
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ALH0363 13.97 16.31 2.34 5.29 2 0.91
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ALH0363 16.31 24.62 8.31 3.3 2 1.46
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ALH0366 0.00 Pending
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ALH0368 0.00 Pending
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ALH0369 34.27 52.10 17.83 4.09 3 0.94
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ALH0369 52.10 62.14 10.04 12.78 12 1.71
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ALH0370 15.12 24.66 9.54 6.57 15 1.79
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ALH0370 24.66 32.70 8.04 1.39 4 0.18
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ALH0371 0.00 3.36 3.36 9.96 14 0.6
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ALH0371 30.49 34.08 3.59 0.329 6 0.23
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ALH0371 66.65 73.55 6.90 2.69 13 0.51
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ALH0375 42.58 59.34 16.76 Pending
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Exploration at Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a highly prospective, underexplored region for mining. Exploration at Nicaragua in 2007 has focused on high priority targets and included approximately 7,200 metres of drilling. Results from Yamana's active exploration program are currently pending.

2008 Exploration Program

Yamana will continue its dedicated exploration program in 2008 having allocated a total budget now increased to US $80 million focusing on mine, near-mine and regional exploration programs in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Nevada. Yamana plans 450,000 metres of total drilling on all projects in 2008.

Looking Ahead

Yamana expects to complete the updated resource estimate for Amelia Ines and Magdalena (AIM), as well as QDD Lower West, by the end of 2007 at the Gualcamayo project in Argentina. The AIM resource update will be incorporated in the update to the Gualcamayo feasibility expected by year-end. The feasibility study for C1 Santa Luz in Brazil is also anticipated by the end of 2007. An initial resource estimate at Bonanza and Al Este in Chile is expected in January 2008, followed by a new resource estimate at the Mercedes project in Mexico in February 2008. These developments are ahead of schedule and advance Yamana's strategic plan of progressively increasing production year-over-year to a sustainable 2.2 million ounces of gold per year from 2012.

Qualified Persons

William H. Wulftange, P.Geo., Director, Corporate Technical Compliance of Meridian Gold Inc., has supervised the preparation of the El Penon and Alhue technical data contained within this release and serves as the "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Evandro Cintra, P. Geo., Vice President, Technical Services of Yamana Gold Inc., has supervised the exploration on the Pilar de Goias and Pau-au-Pique projects and has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release and serves as the "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Quality Assurance and Control

Assaying for exploration in Chile was completed in accordance with industry standards. Samples were submitted to Acme Laboratories in Santiago, Chile for fire assay. Accuracy and prevision of results is tested through a systematic inclusion of standards, blanks and check assays.

Assaying for exploration programs in Brazil was carried out by SGS-Geosol, an ISO 9001:2000 laboratory based in Belo Horizonte, and ACME Laboratory in Goiania using fire assay on 50 gram pulps. An industry standard QA/QC program is active on all sites. Security is maintained at the core logging and sampling facilities.

About Yamana

Yamana is a Canadian gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Central America and the United States. Yamana is producing gold at intermediate company production levels in addition to significant copper and silver production. Company management plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions and throughput increases, the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities in Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere in the Americas.

Information presented in this news release includes information relating to Meridian Gold Inc. Yamana has acquired approximately 90 percent of Meridian Gold, and is currently in the process of acquiring the remaining approximately 10 percent which is expected to be completed by year-end.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact relating to the company, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "believe," "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, fluctuating metal prices, prices for sulphiric acid and currency exchange rates, changes in project parameters, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life of Chapada, availability of a local market for the sale of sulphiric acid, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form filed with the securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com, and the Company's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

To view Figure 1 please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Al_Este_Vein.pdf

To view Figure 2 please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Location_of_JOT.pdf

To view Figure 3 please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Alhue_at_Minera.pdf

To view Figure 4 please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Alhue_at_Minera_Florida.pdf

To view Figure 5 please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/Minera_Florida.pdf

Contact Information

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