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Gold exploration in the Carolinas, USA

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May 8, 2012

Results Received From Core Drilling At Belk Project, South Carolina Include 29.1 Meters Of 2.35 G/Mt Gold From Surface

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 8, 2012 - Firebird Resources Inc. is pleased to announce that results have been received from four core holes totalling 718 meters completed at the Belk Project in Lancaster County, South Carolina in the Fall of 2011. Analysis of the drill core supports a structural control to mineralization with gold associated with steeply dipping structures. Gold mineralization is commonly present in the apparent total absence of veins or fracture coatings and may be associated with higher pyrite content, although there is not an overall correlation between pyrite and mineralization. There are some thin quartz veins, in some mineralized intervals and where present these contain sulfides. These quartz veins appear to be related to the gold mineralization. Other thin quartz veinlets at depth are not typically mineralized, but contain anomalous As, Mo, Pb, Ag, and Sb. It is unlikely that the mineralization is confined to a very narrow, near surface, zone because gold is present over a broad area as indicated by drill and soil sample results. 

Sericitic and, locally, K-feldspar alteration is associated with gold and also appears to be related to structural deformation of primary lithologies. The primary lithologies are poorly sorted breccias, various volcaniclastic rocks, feldspar porphyries, and younger mafic dikes. Pervasive alteration prevents correlation of rock units from hole to hole. Quartz veining and mineralization also do not correlate well between holes. We now think the historic drilling was orientated sub-parallel to the trend of mineralization and a core program of two scissor holes is planned to evaluate the validity of this hypothesis.

Results are presented in the following tables.
 

FRDDBK-100

From
(m)

To
(m)

Interval
(m)

Interval
(ft)

g/MT

Oz/ST

 

0.0

29.1

29.1

95.4

2.35

0.068

Including

10.4

14.4

4.0

13.1

9.39

0.274

and

16.4

18.0

1.6

5.1

5.79

0.169

  and

23.5

25.0

1.5

5.0

4.49

0.131

 

47.5

72.2

24.7

81.0

0.20

0.006

 

149.7

150.1

0.4

1.4

0.16

0.005

0.1 g/MT cutoff


 

FRDDBK-101

From
(m)

To
(m)

Interval
(m)

Interval
(ft)

g/MT

Oz/ST

 

0.0

25.0

25.0

82.0

0.50

0.015

 

37.8

41.2

3.4

11.0

0.15

0.005

 

55.9

61.6

5.7

18.7

0.52

0.015

 

105.8

108.8

3.0

10.0

0.26

0.008

 

114.9

116.5

1.6

5.4

0.14

0.004

 

131.4

132.3

0.9

2.8

0.12

0.004

 

144.5

144.8

0.3

1.1

1.53

0.045

 

178.0

178.9

0.9

3.0

0.15

0.005


 

FRDDBK-102

From
(m)

To
(m)

Interval
(m)

Interval
(ft)

g/MT

Oz/ST

 

27.5

36.0

8.5

28.0

0.22

0.006

 

99.1

100.1

1.0

3.2

0.10

0.003

 

144.9

145.2

0.3

1.0

0.21

0.006


 

FRDDBK-103

From
(m)

To
(m)

Interval
(m)

Interval
(ft)

g/MT

Oz/ST

 

0.0

23.8

23.8

78.0

0.23

0.007

 

36.9

54.5

17.6

57.7

0.20

0.006

 

62.0

63.4

1.4

4.7

0.19

0.005

 

69.0

69.8

0.8

2.7

0.12

0.003

 

128.8

129.4

0.6

2.1

0.28

0.008

 

146.1

147.3

1.2

4.1

0.30

0.009

 

161.8

165.8

4.0

13.0

0.15

0.004



Intersections have been measured along the holes and are not the true widths of mineralisation.

Hole information is as follows:
 

HOLE NUMBER

NORTHING

EASTING

DEPTH
(Ft)

DEPTH
(M)

AZMIUTH

ANGLE

FRDDBK-100

1057114

2121641

556

169.47

140

-45

FRDDBK-101

1057046

2121547

704

214.58

140

-45

FRDDBK-102

1055865

2120717

553

168.55

140

-45

FRDDBK-103

1057192

2121575

544

165.81

140

-45

SC State Plane coordinate system.



Firebird considers the results very positive and intends to resume drilling in 2012. This drilling will be used to test geologic models on ore control and to define a resource compliant to current industry standards. Recently acquired historic drill data is currently being compiled and select samples re-assayed. Management considers Belk a project with excellent potential to develop a significant gold resource.



QA/QC Sampling and Analytical Protocols

The sampling and assaying of the drill core included QA/QC protocols to monitor for potential contamination, precision and accuracy of results including the regular submission of blank samples and certified reference standards. Samples were assayed using a 30 g fusion with AAS finish by AHK Geochem located in Fairbanks Alaska, a member of the AHK Group, an ISO 17025:2005 accredited geochemical laboratory, now part of Acme Laboratory. Sample preparation was completed in their facility located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Samples exceeding 3 ppm gold are re-assayed with gravimetric finish and those checks support the results presented above. Check analyses on rejects are being completed by ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada. 

We seek Safe Harbor.

The technical information in this release was prepared and approved by Dennis J. LaPoint, a Registered Member of SME, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

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Firebird is a mineral exploration company whose long term objective is to build a diversified company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties.

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