GTA Reports Final Results From Phase 4 Northshore Drilling Including 6.0 Metres Grading 5.23 g/t Gold From New Target Area

July 18, 2013

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 18, 2013) - GTA Resources and Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GTA) reports results for the final three holes (WB-13-45 to WB-13-47) completed in its Phase 4 drill program on the Northshore Property, located 80 km west of Hemlo in northwest Ontario. The Phase 4 program, which commenced in March and continued into early June after a brief shut down for spring break-up, consisted of 12 holes totaling 2313 metres. All holes from Phase 4 drilling intersected significant gold mineralization.

Drill hole WB-13-47, the final hole of the current program, intersected a new high-grade gold system which returning an averaged grade of 5.23 g/t gold over 6.0 metres at a vertical depth of less than 15 metres, including 19.20 g/t gold over 1.5 metres. A quartz vein containing multiple grains of visible gold was encountered lower in the same hole, and returned a grade of 8.85 g/t gold over 1 metre  (termed the Gino Vein). Both these shallow, high-grade intercepts are located in an area of sparse testing between the Afric Gold Zone and the former producing high-grade Northshore mine. Early interpretation suggests that these zones which trend parallel to the Northshore vein system are open for lateral and vertical expansion.

Hole WB-13-45 tested the western extension of the Afric Zone with a best intersection of 4.07 g/t over 1.5 m which appears to correlate with the high grade Audney vein.

Hole WB-13-46 tested the Northeast extension and intersected the porphyry-style mineralization between 137.0 m and the end of the hole at 200.0 m. This interval assayed 0.59 g/t over 63.0 m including 7.45 g/t over 1.5 m., and ended within gold mineralization.

A summary of the results from holes WB-13-45, WB-13-46 and WB-12-47 follows:

Hole
Number
Hole
Depth
(metres)
  From
(metres)
To
(metres)
Interval
(metres)
Gold
(g/t)
Target
WB-13-45 110   74.0 75.5 1.5 4.07 Pup Ext.
(-45°)     90.5 92.0 1.5 1.55  
               
WB-13-46 200   110.0 111.5 1.5 1.35 Northeast Ext.
(-45°)     137.0 200.0 63.0 0.59  
    incl 168.5 200.0 31.5 0.91  
    incl 197.0 198.5 1.5 7.45  
               
WB-13-47 305   17.0 23.0 6.0 5.23 New Area
(-45°)   incl 18.5 20.0 1.5 19.2  
      104.0 105.0 1.0 8.85  

Note - Reported drill intercepts are core lengths and not true widths. At this time there is insufficient data to calculate true orientations. None of the reported broader intercepts required capping based on the previously established capping parameters for the Northshore Property.

An updated plan map showing all new collar locations and drill hole traces can be viewed on GTA's website at www.gtaresources.com.

QA/QC

The planning, execution and monitoring of GTA's exploration programs on the Northshore Project are under the supervision of Robert (Bob) Duess, P. Geo. (Ontario), VP Exploration of GTA. Mr. Duess is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is also the Qualified Person for this release. Mr. Duess has supervised the work programs on the Northshore Property, supervised the collection of the samples and drill core described herein and reviewed the assays and QA/QC data. Mr. Duess has also reviewed and approved this release.

GTA has implemented a quality control program for the drill programs on the Northshore Property to ensure best practice in sampling and analysis. GTA maintains strict quality assurance/quality control protocols including the systematic insertion of certified standard reference and blank materials into each sample batch. Analyses in this release were performed by AGAT Laboratories Ltd. of Sudbury, Ontario with ISO 17025 accreditation. Samples are transported in security sealed bags to AGAT and all samples were assayed using industry-standard assay techniques for gold. Gold was analyzed by a standard 30 gram fire assay with an ICP and/or gravimetric finish.

About GTA

GTA is a well funded publicly traded mineral exploration company. It is led by an experienced and successful management team and is focused on gold exploration in Canada. GTA currently has three exploration focused projects in its portfolio. Its flagship project, the Northshore Property, located near Schreiber, Ontario, is subject to an option agreement with Balmoral Resources Ltd. ("TSX VENTURE:BAR") whereby GTA can earn up to a 70% interest. Secondly, GTA recently completed an option agreement with Metals Creek Resources Corp. ("TSX VENTURE:MEK") to earn up to a 70% interest in the Squid East Property in the White Gold District, Yukon. 

The third project, the 100% owned Auden Property, is located near Hearst, Ontario and consists of 1596 claim units covering virtually an entire greenstone belt.

GTA has 25,731,855 shares outstanding of which insiders control approximately 30% of the outstanding shares. The Company's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "GTA".

On behalf of the board of directors

GTA Resources and Mining Inc.

Wayne Reid, President and CEO

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