May 25, 2011
Excelsior Mining Corp. (TSX-V: MIN) (OTCQX: EXMGF) (Frankfurt: 3XS) (“Excelsior”) is pleased to announce the commencement of the initial hydrological test work on the Gunnison Copper Property located within the copper porphyry belt in southern Arizona. The program has been designed to determine the permeability of the mineralization and to confirm previous results that demonstrate that Gunnison can be mined using in-situ recovery (ISR) techniques.
The hydrological program will consist of drilling two holes up to 1200 feet deep within the North Star deposit to supplement the two historical hydrological holes drilled by Magma Copper Corporation in the mid 1990’s that gave encouraging results. This program will take several weeks to complete and will include geophysical logging, pump testing, water sampling and other tests to determine permeability and flow rates. This data will be combined with new metallurgical data (expected in late July) and the results from recent drilling to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment expected in the third quarter of 2011.
“Hydrology is a key component of ISR,” says Stephen Twyerould, President and CEO of Excelsior. “We look forward to the results of this program and being able to show the investment community that ISR is a viable process.”
Gunnison currently contains a National Instrument (NI) 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 4.77 billion pounds of copper (787 million tons at 0.30% copper) which remains open for expansion (see news release dated November 2, 2010). An upgraded resource estimate is expected at the end of the second quarter of 2011.
Excelsior’s exploration work on the Gunnison Property is supervised by Stephen Twyerould, Fellow of AUSIMM, President and CEO of Excelsior and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Twyerould has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information contained in this news release.
Excelsior is an exploration and development company with a copper project located within the copper porphyry belt of Arizona. The Gunnison Copper Project is located close to the required infrastructure and with its in-situ recovery potential, is intended for near-term production. The Excelsior team consists of experienced professionals with proven track records of advancing projects towards production.
Further details about Excelsior can be found at: http://www.excelsiormining.com. Further information about the Gunnison Copper Project can be found in the technical report filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com entitled: Gunnison Copper Project, Cochise County, Arizona, USA, Mineral Resource of the North Star and South Star Deposits dated June 2010.
ON BEHALF OF THE EXCELSIOR BOARD
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