Vancouver, B.C. -- Tower Resources Ltd. is pleased to report initial results from phase one drilling at its 100% controlled JD Property in north-central British Columbia where high-grade gold and silver was intersected over significant widths in the Finn Zone. 

Selected highlights from the first three diamond drill holes in the Finn Zone include:

  • 12.6 meters (m) grading 10.82 grams per tonne (g/t) gold (Au) and 65.70 g/t silver (Ag) in hole JD-12-003
  • 21.5 meters grading 4.92 g/t Au and 53.99 g/t Ag in hole JD-12-002
  • 21.2 meters grading 3.80 g/t Au and 24.53 g/t Ag in hole JD-12-001

"Assay results from the first three diamond drill holes in the Finn Zone are extremely encouraging as they confirm the continuity and high grade nature of near surface gold and silver mineralization at JD," stated Mark Vanry, Tower's chief executive officer. "Silver grades have added significantly to initial confirmation results as previous operators did not routinely re-assay for over-limit silver."

Mr. Vanry also noted that "Tower reached numerous milestones this summer during the company's first ever exploration season. Drilling was initiated in late July and counted close to 3000 meters (18 diamond drill holes) in four and a half weeks concurrent with a detailed and systematic exploration program in prospective but underexplored areas proximal to the Finn Zone. These new drill results from the Finn Zone support and expand on the model that our technical team developed prior to the field season. We will continue to provide shareholders with updates and news as assay results are made available from the lab."

Full Table of Results

Drill Hole1 From (m) To (m) Width2 (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEQ3 (g/t)
JD-12-001 23.0 26.0 3.0 1.66 11.50 1.88
  29.0 50.2 21.2 3.80 24.53 4.26
Including 34.7 50.2 15.5 4.86 27.26 5.37
JD-12-002 26.0 57.5 31.5 3.65 52.21 4.63
including 36.0 57.5 21.5 4.92 53.99 5.93
including 53.0 57.5 4.5 10.97 20.30 11.35
JD-12-003 27.0 42.6 15.6 8.84 64.54 10.05
including 30.0 42.6 12.6 10.82 65.70 12.05
including 35.0 40.0 5.0 20.41 36.24 21.09
  55.0 61.0 6.0 0.71 10.86 0.92
  65.0 71.0 6.0 2.03 1.02 2.05
  73.0 81.0 8.0 2.53 2.39 2.58
including 78.0 81.0 3.0 5.64 3.03 5.69
  1. JD-12-001 was collared at 611263E 6367666N (UTM NAD83 Z 9) and drilled with an azimuth of 200o and dip -50o JD-12-002 was collared at 611263E 6367666N (UTM NAD83 Z 9) and drilled with an azimuth of 200o and dip -80o
  2. JD-12-003 was collared at 611224E 6367636N (UTM NAD83 Z 9) and drilled with an azimuth of 200o and dip -50o
  3. Widths reported are drill widths. True widths are approximately 96% of drill widths.
  4. Gold Equivalent (AuEQ) calculations use metal prices as follows: Au $1600/oz and Ag $30/oz. Recoveries are assumed to be 100%

The Finn Zone is hosted in a northeast striking and gently dipping porous volcaniclastic unit that locally crops out on surface. The hanging wall and footwall to the zone consist of massive and locally porphyritic andesite with lesser interbeds of crystal ash tuffs. The zone consists of a core of strongly silica + clay + sericite altered breccias mineralized with disseminated and vein hosted pyrite with lesser sphalerite, galena, and chalcopyrite. Peripheral to the high grade core the alteration grades into sericite + chlorite + pyrite and more distally epidote + chlorite +/- hematite alteration predominates. Drill hole JD-12-003 intersected gold and silver mineralization below the Finn Zone core which is related to finely disseminated pyrite and galena associated with moderate sericite + chlorite alteration. 

Detailed modeling of historic drill holes in the Finn and its peripheral extensions prior to this season's program resulted in the identification of new targets at depth and a new understanding of the overall geometry of the zone, the extent of its mineralization and where it remains open. Confirming historic data was deemed necessary because all historic drilling at JD was performed prior to the existence of National Instrument 43-101 Standards. Tower chose a different (200o rather than the historic 180o) azimuth for new drill holes to intersect the zone on a more preferential perpendicular plane. This also allowed drill holes to intersect gaps in historic drilling and test mineralization continuity.

Regional Exploration:

Tower also completed an extensive 2000 sample soil geochemical survey over a large grid to aid in target generation going forward. Furthermore, detailed geological mapping and prospecting was completed by Tower personnel and assay results from numerous grab and chips samples are pending.

The JD Property is comprised of over 15,000 hectares in 42 claims. The JD Property is located 200 kilometres east of Dease Lake, BC and approximately 50 kilometres north of Aurico Gold Inc.'s past producing Kemess Mine in the Omineca mining district of British Columbia. 

Quality Assurance and Control:

The 2012 drilling and sampling program at JD was supervised by Christopher Leslie, M.Sc., Vice President, Exploration for Tower Resources. The technical and scientific nature of this news release was supervised, reviewed and approved by Ken Thorsen, B.Sc., P.Eng., and consultant to the Company, who serves as a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.

Core samples were prepared at Tower's core logging facility at the JD camp and shipped in sealed and secure bags to Acme Analytical Laboratories preparation lab in Smithers, BC. Here, samples were prepared using standard preparation procedures. Samples were then analyzed at Acme's Vancouver, BC laboratory for gold by 30 gram fire assay fusion with AAS finish; samples that yielded results greater than 10g/t Au were re-assayed using a 30 gram fire assay with a gravimetric finish. 36 elements, including silver, lead and zinc, were analysed by ICP-MS using an aqua regia digestion. Over-limit (>100 ppm) silver was re-analysed by a 30 gram fire assay with gravimetric finish. Over-limit lead and zinc (>1%) was re-analysed by ICP-ES finish using an aqua regia digestion. Quality assurance and quality control procedures include the systematic insertion of blanks, certified standards and duplicate samples into the sample stream followed by careful monitoring of results. 

Tower also announces that it has terminated its Option Agreement on the Vancouver Island based Dragon and Dorado projects.

Tower Resources Ltd.
Mark Vanry - Director, CEO & President
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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements", as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change, except as required by law. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and Towers plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information. The reader is urged to refer to the Company's public disclosure which is available through the Canadian Securities Administrators' System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.