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Mirasol Updates Joaquin Project Phase Three Drilling Results with Additional High Grade Silver Values

VANCOUVER, BC, January 11, 2010 – Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: MRZ, Frankfurt: M8R) is pleased to announce additional encouraging silver results from the third phase of drilling from the La Negra and La Morocha prospects at Mirasol’s Joaquin Project, and the discovery of new outcropping silver zones surrounding La Negra. New drill results at La Negra include an intercept of 17.3 metres of 1,979 grams per tonne (g/t) silver and 0.29 g/t gold in a 36 metre step out hole to the previously reported high-grade intercept in hole DDJ-43 (press release of November 24, 2009).

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (“Coeur”), Mirasol’s joint venture partner and project operator, holds an option to acquire up to 61% interest in Joaquin through exploration expenditures and by completing a bankable feasibility study, and a further 10% to 71% interest if project financing is provided at the request of Mirasol. The Joaquin project is located in the Area of Special Interest for Mining in Santa Cruz, Argentina where mining development is favoured and four precious metal mines are currently operating.

Coeur completed a total of 4,338.5 metres in 25 core holes during the third phase of exploration drilling at Joaquin completed in late November 2009. Results are pending for five holes totaling 898.5 metres.

New results from drilling within the mineralized corridor at La Negra (Table 1 and Figure 1) have returned encouraging results from holes DDJ-46 and DDJ-58. DDJ-46 shows that the mineralized corridor is wider than was originally thought, returning an intercept of 61.1 metres grading 83 g/t silver and 0.18 g/t gold (95 g/t silver equivalent). Within this intercept is an interval of 0.9 metre grading 1,850 g/t silver, 4.68 g/t gold (2,154 g/t silver equivalent). Hole DDJ-58 is a 36 metre step out to the north of the high-grade mineralization previously reported in DDJ-43. DDJ-58 returned an intercept of 17.3 metres of 1,979 g/t silver and 0.29 g/t gold including a very high grade interval of 4.2 metres of 7,584 g/t silver and 0.96 g/t gold.

Table 1. Joaquin Project – La Negra Prospect Drill Results

Drill Hole

Intercept

From
(metres)

To 
(metres)

Intercept
length
(metres)

Core
Recv.
(%)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

AgEQ
(g/t)

DDJ-44

1st

46.1

54.9

8.8

98%

110

0.43

138

including

 

47.2

52.9

5.7

97%

151

0.64

192

DDJ-44

2nd

59.0

78.0

19.0

95%

31

0.56

67

including

 

61.5

76.0

14.5

95%

34

0.69

79

DDJ-45

 

61.8

87.3

25.6

92%

33

0.14

43

DDJ-46

 

15.0

76.1

61.1

98%

83

0.18

95

including

 

22.7

23.5

0.9

100%

1,850

4.68

2,154

DDJ-47

 

64.3

71.0

6.7

88%

29

0.07

33

DDJ-58

 

23.0

40.3

17.3

71%

1,979

0.29

1,998

including

 

25.0

29.2

4.2

72%

7,584

0.96

7,646

Previously released

DDJ-43*

 

18.0

43.4

25.4

74%

1,164

0.21

1,178

including

 

22.2

25.5

3.3

71%

7,753

1.17

7,829

* Assays from hole DDJ-43 were confirmed by check assays at an independent laboratory and core recoveries are included.
– Silver equivalent is calculated as AgEQ g/t = Ag g/t + 65 x Au g/t. Metallurgical recoveries are unknown and therefore assumed to be 100%.
– Primary intersections are calculated at a cutoff grade of 20 g/t silver equivalent (AgEQ) with some internal dilution allowed at the discretion of the project’s Qualified Person.
– “Included” intersections are calculated at a 50 g/t or higher cutoff grade.
– Reported grades are not capped.
– Estimated true widths have not been calculated.

Hole DDJ-47 (Figure 1 inset map) intersected a fault mineralized with galena containing low silver grades at 182.4 metres down hole, about 108 metres beneath, and slightly to the west of, the high grade intercept in hole DDJ-43 with which it likely correlates. The mineralization in DDJ-58 (Table 1) is at a shallow angle to the core axis in the upper part of the intercept, but further down appears to be at moderate angles to the core. Together the configuration of the intersections in holes DDJ-43, 47 and 58 suggest this soil-covered mineralization strikes approximately north -south, dips steeply to the west, and that the high-grade silver mineralization is open to the north and potentially to the south. Additional drilling will be required to confirm extensions and determine the true thickness of the mineralization in DDJ-43 and 58.

Significantly, new surface rock chip sampling (Table 2) and reconnaissance drilling have identified new mineralized zones sub-parallel to, and adjoining, the La Negra mineralized corridor. East of La Negra and centered 300 metres east of the nearest drill hole, a cluster of five samples of sub-crop and float returned silver equivalent values ranging from 112 to 865 g/t (Figure 1). This area appears to represent an easterly-trending zone of mineralization that is projected to intersect the La Negra mineralized corridor in the area of holes DDJ-38 and 40. This zone represents an attractive untested drill target.

Two hundred metres west-northwest of holes DDJ43 and 58, two surface rock samples have returned silver equivalent values of 30 and 200 g/t in an area with no previous exploration (Figure 1). The significance of these samples has yet to be determined, but they suggest that mineralization extends into this area.

Two fences of holes were drilled to the west of the La Negra mineralized corridor (Figure 1) to test for parallel structures where rock sampling of sparse sub-crop with fracturing, alteration and brecciation has returned assays of 28 to 3,101 g/t silver equivalent. Results are available for the southern fence of holes J-44 and 45 (Table 1). Both holes returned anomalous intercepts of silver with the best result of 8.8 metres grading 110 g/t silver and 0.43 g/t gold (138 g/t silver equivalent) from DDJ-44.

Table 2. Joaquin Project – La Negra Area New Surface Rock Sample Results

Sample

Sample Type

Sample
Length/Diametre
(m)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

AgEQ (g/t)

6695

outcrop/subcrop

0.1

339

2.37

493

6698

float

n.d.

2765

5.17

3101

6699

outcrop/subcrop

2.0

25

0.05

28

6700

outcrop/subcrop

2.5

35

0.04

38

6701

float

5.0

749

1.54

849

6702

outcrop/subcrop

10.0

45

0.11

52

6703

outcrop/subcrop

8.0

77

0.23

92

6710

outcrop/subcrop

12.0

2

0.01

3

6711

outcrop/subcrop

5.0

1

0.01

2

6712

outcrop/subcrop

4.0

1

0.01

2

6719

float

n.d.

29

0.01

30

6720

float

n.d.

184

0.25

200

6721

outcrop/subcrop

1.0

31

0.01

32

6722

float

5.0

1

0.01

2

6723

float

3.0

12

0.01

13

6724

outcrop/subcrop

1.0

3

0.01

4

6725

float

n.d.

5

0.01

6

6726

float

n.d.

104

0.13

112

6727

float

n.d.

717

0.33

738

6728

float

n.d.

120

0.06

124

6729

float

n.d.

95

0.03

97

6730

float

n.d.

815

0.77

865

6731

float

n.d.

419

0.44

448

6732

outcrop/subcrop

0.4

1

0.01

2

6734

float

3.0

1

0.01

2

Notes
– g/t = grams per tonne
– Silver equivalent is calculated as AgEQ g/t = Ag g/t + 65 x Au g/t. Metallurgical recoveries are unknown and therefore assumed to be 100%.
– n.d. = not determined or point sample
– data source = Coeur d’Alene exploration in 2009, including only those samples within the area of Figure 1.

At La Morocha, drilling tested the down dip and northwest extensions of the prospect with a series of holes on approximately 100 metres spaced sections (Table 3 and Figure 2). Three holes (DDJ-48, DDJ-49 and DDJ-55) tested mineralization down dip from previous drilling with the highlights of these holes including a 19.0 metre intercept of 258 g/t silver and 0.29 g/t gold in DDJ-49 and a 35.7 metre intercept of 129 g/t silver and 0.11 g/t gold in DDJ-55. A cross section shows that mineralization now has been traced down to 210 m below the surface expression of the zone and is open to depth (Figure 2, Section 50150E).

Table 3. Joaquin Project – La Morocha Prospect Drill Results

Drill Hole

Intercept

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Intercept
length
(metres)

Core
Recv.*
(%)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

AgEQ
(g/t)

DDJ-48

 

141.7

152.6

10.9

no data

13

0.29

32

DDJ-49

1st

132.0

151.0

19.0

no data

258

0.07

262

including

 

139.0

150.0

11.0

no data

336

0.10

343

DDJ-49

2nd

158.8

167.0

8.2

no data

43

0.12

 51

DDJ-50

 

71.0

83.0

12.0

no data

  3

0.43

 31

DDJ-51

 

99.0

111.1

12.1

no data

38

0.18

 50

DDJ-52

 

79.3

100.3

21.0

no data

63

0.24

 78

including

 

83.2

89.0

5.8

no data

118

0.50

150

DDJ-53

 

41.3

45.0

3.7

no data

  5

1.18

 81

DDJ-54

 

4.6

8.5

3.9

no data

17

1.25

 98

DDJ-55

1st

0.0

22.1

22.1

no data

33

0.01

 33

DDJ-55

2nd

54.9

90.5

35.7

no data

129

0.11

136

including

 

62.3

68.3

6.0

no data

391

0.45

420

 DDJ-56

no significant intercepts

 DDJ-57

 

3.15

28.40

25.25

no data

47

0.01

48

 including

 

11.05

17.40

6.35

no data

77

0.01

78

* Core recovery information not available at this time.
– Silver equivalent is calculated as AgEQ g/t = Ag g/t + 65 x Au g/t. Metallurgical recoveries are unknown and therefore assumed to be 100%.
– Primary intersections are calculated at a cutoff grade of 30 g/t silver equivalent (AgEQ) with some internal dilution allowed at the discretion of the project’s Qualified Person.
– “Including” intersections are calculated at a 50 g/t or higher cutoff grade.
– Reported grades are not capped.
– Estimated true widths have not been calculated.

Two infill holes, DDJ-56 and DDJ-57, were drilled southeast of the centre of the La Morocha mineralization in an area where structural complications were previously encountered (Figure 2, Plan). Near surface, DDJ-57 intersected 25.25 m of 48 g/t silver equivalent, whereas hole DDJ-56 beneath it had no significant intercepts better defining where the structural complexity begins towards the southeast.

Along strike to the northwest on the La Morocha prospect (Figure 2, Plan), five holes were drilled to explore for extensions to the northwest. Four of these five holes (DDJ-51, 52, 53 and 54) had intercepts above 50 g/t silver equivalent. In general, these intercepts are lower grade and narrower near surface, and tend to increase in grade and thickness, down dip and to the northwest. The best intercept is in DDJ-52 contains 21metres grading 63 g/t silver and 0.24 g/t gold including a zone of 5.8 metres of 118 g/t silver and 0.50 g/t gold (150 g/t silver equivalent) at the extreme northwest of the area tested to date. La Morocha drilling has encountered a mineralized strike length of at least 730 metres together with a dip length of at least 210 metres, and remains open to the northwest and at depth.

Mirasol’s management is encouraged that the Phase 3 drill results received to date continue to expand the potential of the Joaquin Project and that surface exploration and drilling have indicated new targets. Joaquin shows potential for both bonanza-grade silver and broader zones of lower-grade, potentially bulk-mineable mineralization. Mirasol Resources is pleased to be evaluating this project with Coeur d’Alene, who brings to the joint venture significant experience in the exploration and development of epithermal precious metal mineralization in the region.

Paul G. Lhotka, Principal Geologist for Mirasol, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 who has approved the technical content of this news release.

For further information, contact:

Mary L. Little
President and CEO
Tel: (604) 602-9989: Fax:(604) 609-9946

Email: contact@mirasolresources.com
Website: www.mirasolresources.com

Quality Assurance/Quality Control: Coeur d’Alene operates the Joaquin Joint Venture and generated the drilling data used in this news release and reported it to Mirasol. Drill core samples were submitted to Alex Stewart (Assayers), Argentina S.A. in Mendoza, Argentina. Gold and silver results were determined using standard fire assay techniques on a 50 gram sample with an atomic absorption finish for gold and a gravimetric finish for silver. Coeur’s QAQC program includes the insertion of blanks and standards into the sample stream on all Joaquin drill holes. For Phase three it has added duplicate core samples as part of the QAQC program. Mirasol has performed an independent analysis of the QAQC data generated by Coeur. Dr. Paul Lhotka has reviewed the Coeur data, calculated the intercepts in this news release, and is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Assay results from drill core samples may be higher, lower or similar to results obtained from surface samples.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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