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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2012) - Almaden Minerals Ltd. (News - Market indicators)(NYSE Amex:AAU) ("Almaden" or "the Company") is pleased to announce further results from the on-going 4 drill exploration program on the Company's 100% owned Tuligtic project, Mexico with holes TU-11-95, TU-12-97 and TU-12-99 to 105. Holes TU-12-100 and 103 were drilled on the Northeast Extension Zone, along strike and north of the Main Ixtaca Zone. Both these holes intersected significant gold grades with TU-12-103 returning the highest grades encountered to date from the Northeast Extension Zone. Holes TU-11-95, TU-12-97, 101 to 104 were drilled into the Main Ixtaca Zone. Hole TU-12-99 was drilled to the south of the Main Ixtaca Zone and hole TU-12-105 was drilled on the Southeast Extension Zone. Final assays are pending for holes TU-12-96 (Main Ixtaca Zone) and 98 (Northeast Extension Zone). Highlights from the current group of assays include the following intercepts (a complete list of intercepts is shown in the table below):
Hole TU-11-95 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 650:
38.33 meters @ 0.51 g/t gold and 69.9 g/t silver (1.9 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 4.70 meters @ 0.92 g/t gold and 194.2 g/t silver (4.8 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-97 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 700:
59.00 meters @ 0.68 g/t gold and 41.1 g/t silver (1.5 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 2.55 meters @ 8.55 g/t gold and 506.2 g/t silver (18.7 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-100 NE EXTENSION, SECTION 1100:
17.20 meters @ 1.19 g/t gold and 58.4 g/t silver (2.4 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-101 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 600:
31.80 meters @ 1.33 g/t gold and 103.7 g/t silver (3.4 g/t gold equivalent)
and 11.40 meters @ 3.82 g/t gold and 24.3 g/t silver (4.3 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-103 NE EXTENSION, SECTION 1100:
70.00 meters @ 1.17 g/t gold and 46.2 g/t silver (2.1 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 17.00 meters @ 3.74 gold and 67.4 g/t silver (5.1 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-104 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 700:
111.25 meters @ 0.59 g/t gold and 28.3 g/t silver (1.2 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 8.50 meters @ 1.14 gold and 119.7 g/t silver (3.5 g/t gold equivalent)
J.D. Poliquin, Chairman of Almaden, commented, "We are very pleased with these new results which continue to confirm and show the Ixtaca zone to be a robust and wide system of veining with sections that carry high gold and silver grades. Including the veining of the newly discovered Ixtaca North zone, the Ixtaca vein system is wider than previously known. The new results reported today from the Northeast Extension Zone show that robust mineralisation and high gold grades exist here as well. Drilling to date on the Ixtaca vein system shows good continuity of mineralisation in both horizontal and vertical dimensions."
The Company currently has four drills operating on the Tuligtic project. Almaden plans to continue drilling operations throughout 2012. A plan map, relevant sections and table of significant intervals can be viewed by clicking on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/amm326.pdf, and will be posted to the Company's website (www.almadenminerals.com).
About the Ixtaca Property
The 100% owned Ixtaca zone is a blind discovery made by the Company in 2010. The main Ixtaca zone of veining is thought to have a north-easterly trend. Holes to date suggest that the Main Ixtaca Zone is sub vertical with local variations. This interpretation suggests that true widths range from approximately 35% of intersected widths for a -70 degree hole to 94% of intersected widths for a -20 degree hole. The drilling completed to date has traced mineralisation over 1,000 meters along this northeast trend. Based upon observations at surface and of core as drilling progresses, there seems to be a variety of veinlet orientations within the Northeast Extension Zone however overall the zone is currently interpreted to be dipping shallowly to the north and striking at 060 Azimuth. Until this interpretation is confirmed true widths for the Northeast Extension intersections cannot be calculated with confidence at this time.
Mr. Norm Dircks, P.Geo., a qualified person ("QP") under the meaning of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden's Ixtaca program and reviewed the technical information in this news release. The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption spectroscopy ("AAS"). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t gold using this technique are then re-analysed by fire assay but with a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy ("ICP-AES"). Samples that return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than 1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish.
Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into the sample stream as part of Almaden's quality assurance and control program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements. Gold equivalent ("AuEq" or "Gold Eq.") and silver equivalent ("AgEq" or "Silver Eq.") values were calculated using silver to gold ratios of 50 to 1. The ratio of 50 to 1 was used for the sake of consistency with past news releases. Intervals that returned assays below detection were assigned zero values. Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100% for these calculations.
Almaden is a well-financed (cash, gold inventory and equity investments totalling approximately $47.2 MM as of January 12th, 2012) mineral exploration company working in North America. The Company has assembled mineral exploration projects, including Tuligtic, through its grass roots exploration efforts. While the properties are largely at early stages of development they represent exciting opportunities for the discovery of significant gold, silver and copper deposits as evidenced at Ixtaca. Almaden's business model is to find and acquire mineral properties and develop them by seeking option agreements with others who can acquire an interest in a project by making payments and exploration expenditures. Through this means the Company has been able to expose its shareholders to discovery and capital gain without the funding and consequent share dilution that would be required if the Company were to have developed these projects without a partner. The Company intends to expand this business model, described by some as prospect generation, by more aggressively exploring several of its projects including the Ixtaca Zone.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng., President, CEO and Director
Almaden Minerals Ltd.
Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, those with respect to potential expansion of mineralization, potential size of mineralized zone, and size and timing of exploration and development programs, estimated project capital and other project costs and the timing of submission and receipt and availability of regulatory approvals involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual Information form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.