International Bethlehem Prepares for Exploration on New Copper Discovery
January 9, 2008
West Vancouver, British Columbia â€" January 9, 2008 - International Bethlehem Mining Corp. (the â€śCompanyâ€ť) is pleased to announce that it is proceeding with a surface trenching program over its copper-gold property located on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia approximately 20km north of the village of Woss (the â€śSteele Lake Propertyâ€ť). The Steele Lake Property consists of three mineral claims totalling 640 hectares.
The Companyâ€™s exploration program, which is planned to commence in February, will consist of opening up 1.5 km of old logging road followed by six, 100 metre excavator trenches. The trenches are designed to test the width and continuity of the high grade copper mineralization discovered and mapped in August 2007 by Brent Hemingway, Geologist. The newly discovered mineralized skarn zone, measured to be approximately 11 metres wide, consists of massive chalcopyrite pods within a garnet-actinolite skarn. Three selected grab samples of the massive sulphide mineralization returned values of 23.69% Cu, 6.89% Cu and 16.68% Cu. All samples were analysed at Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver (â€śAcmeâ€ť). Acmeâ€™s lab and assay method consisted of pulverizing and digesting a one gram sample in an aqua regia acid solution. The resulting solution was analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry (â€śICPâ€ť). Samples running greater than the maximum value for standard ICP analysis were re-analysed by diluting the sample so that the ICP was capable of providing a more accurate reading.
The following comments are taken from the BC Minfile report on the Bonanza deposit (Minfile 092L 164), which deposit lies within the northwest part of the Steele Lake Property: Mineralization occurs intermittently over 2.5 kilometres along the northwest striking hornblende quartz diorite contact. At this occurrence, pods of garnet skarn (pyroxene, epidote, actinolite, quartz, chlorite and calcite) contain magnetite, chalcopyrite and pyrite and minor amounts of sphalerite, pyrrhotite, gold and silver. Diamond drilling down the dip of the skarn zone intersected 9.8 metres of 3.05% Cu (per: diamond drill hole 2, Section DD in a 1962 assessment report by J.M. McDougall). Other nearby holes encountered values up to 60% magnetite and 3.09 grams per tonne gold. Production in 1968 and 1971 from 4,718 tonnes mined from an open pit produced 117,244 kg of copper (2.48% Cu) and 41,149 grams of silver (8.7 g/T Ag).
Extensive geophysical surveys were previously completed on the Steele Lake Property east of the new discovery area. None of the previous work covered the new discovery outcrop or its connection to the Bonanza deposit, although a historical regional magnetic survey showed a weak magnetic anomaly connecting the new discovery showing to the Bonanza deposit, 600 metres to the north.
The phase one trenching survey (to start in February) is intended to evaluate the continuity of this new copper discovery. This work will be followed by detailed geophysics, geological mapping and upon success, core drilling.
John Kowalchuk, P.Geo., has reviewed this release and is the Qualified Person for the Companyâ€™s Steele Lake Property.
The Company is in the business of the exploration and development of natural resource properties. For further information, contact Mr. Clive Shallow, investor communications, at 604-922-2030 or visit the Companyâ€™s website at www.bethlehemmining.com.
International Bethlehem Mining Corp.
â€śRonald A. Coombesâ€ť
Ronald A. Coombes, President
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