Entrée Drills Zone III at Lookout Hill
May 5, 2005
Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, May 5, 2005 - Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ETG – “Entrée” or the “Company”) has commenced drilling at the Zone III epithermal gold target, on its 100% owned Lookout Hill Property. Zone III lies approximately 10 km west of the Copper Flats area of Lookout Hill that is presently being explored jointly by Entrée and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (NYSE: IVN; TSX: IVN– “Ivanhoe”). The drilling at Zone III is part of an estimated US$3 million exploration program that Entrée will be undertaking in 2005 on the approximately 140,000 hectares of Lookout Hill that are outside its agreement with Ivanhoe.
Zone III is defined by a more than two km long induced polarization (“IP”) chargeability anomaly, the northern end of which hosts high-grade gold mineralisation exposed at surface and in trenches. This trenched area was tested by six diamond drill holes in 2004. The drilling intersected a gold system hosting narrow quartz veins with values to 4.97 grams per tonne (“g/t”) over 1.27 m and broader zones of disseminated mineralisation that returned up to 0.56 g/t gold over 16 m (see Entrée news release dated September 3, 2004). The current drill program will target the favourable rhyolite-andesite contact, which is interpreted to lie deeper in the system than was previously tested. Other areas along the length of the IP anomaly will also be tested.
Zone I, located approximately five km east of Zone III, will be the second area tested by diamond drilling. This area hosts a northerly trending, three km by one km zone of advanced argillic alteration. A strong chargeability anomaly follows the east contact of this alteration zone and then, towards the south end, crosses to west side. This IP anomaly is currently 4 km long from north to south, but remains open along strike. The east side contains anomalous gold in rocks (to 1.2 g/t in selected samples along the contact) and quartz stockwork zones. Shallow drilling near the centre of this alteration area in 2004 encountered semi-massive to massive (5% to 20%) pyrite, over intervals up to 30 m thick in hole EG04-010. Other holes (EG04-011 and EG04-012) intersected narrower pyrite intervals which returned values to 0.11% copper over 1.0 m, within 2 m averaging 0.079% copper and a 1.9 m wide interval returning 0.19% copper, with a high of 0.22% copper over 0.9 m. Drilling along Zone I in 2005 will target deeper, strong chargeability anomalies identified by the current Quantec Titan deep-probing system.
Geophysical surveys consisting of deep-probing IP and magnetometer surveys using the Quantec Titan system are nearing completion at the Bayan-Ovoo copper showing, located approximately 45 km to the west of Zone III. Bayan-Ovoo is a six km by three km area of extensive zones of silica-argillic alteration and copper oxides in volcanics (see Entrée news release dated November 11, 2004). Shallow IP surveys in 2004 identified a four km long, east-northeast trending chargeability anomaly coincident with the alteration zones and associated soil anomalies. Drill targets will be selected based upon the results of the Quantec surveys and previously collected data.
A total of 7,500 m of drilling has been budgeted for Zones I, III and Bayan-Ovoo. The exact allocation of drilling in each area will be determined on an ongoing basis, based upon exploration results.
Deep-probing IP surveys are about to begin at the Company’s Ulziit Uul property, located approximately 120 km north of Lookout Hill. Ulziit Uul comprises approximately 6,900 hectares and lies immediately east of and along strike from Ivanhoe’s Kharmagtai porphyry copper-gold system. Approximately US$900,000 has been budgeted for exploration at Ulziit Uul, which will include up to 2,500 m of drilling. Drilling will commence after completion of drilling at Lookout Hill and upon a full evaluation of results from geophysical and ongoing geochemical and geological surveys.
QUALITY CONTROL AND ASSURANCE
Exploration in Mongolia is under the supervision of Robert Cann, P.Geo., Entrée’s Exploration Manager and a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Cann is responsible for the preparation of technical information in the Company’s news releases. All rock samples are prepared and analyzed by SGS Mongolia LLC of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Randomly selected pulps and all soil samples are submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia for check assaying and analytical work.
ABOUT ENTRÉE GOLD INC.
Entrée Gold Inc. (www.entreegold.com) is an exploration stage junior resource company engaged in the exploration of gold and copper prospects. The Company is a large landholder in Mongolia's south Gobi Desert, near the Chinese border. Entrée maintains 100% royalty-free interest in the 179,590 hectare Lookout Hill (Shivee Tolgoi) property which completely surrounds Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.'s (Ivanhoe"s) 8,500 hectare Turquoise Hill (Oyu Tolgoi) holdings. Ivanhoe has an earn-in agreement with Entrée whereby Ivanhoe can earn an interest in an area covering approximately 22% (approximately 40,000 hectares) of Entrée's Lookout Hill property. Ivanhoe commenced drilling on the potential northerly extension of the Hugo Dummett Deposit onto Lookout Hill in February 2005. The Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ETG".
Entrée Gold Inc.
Mona Forster, Business Manager
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