CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2013) - Teras Resources Inc. ("Teras" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TRA)(TRARF): Teras is pleased to report results from its initial phase of metallurgical testing of drill samples from the Cahuilla project in Imperial County, California. Cyanide shake tests were conducted by McClelland Laboratories in Reno, Nevada on drill samples taken from Cahuilla and the results are favorable.
A variety of reverse circulation drill hole samples from the recent drilling program were used to perform the cyanide shake analyses. Samples were comprised of a combination of oxide and mixed oxide/sulfide material from within the known NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource at Cahuilla. Since a very minimal portion of the gold/silver resource is composed of sulfide material, a small number of sulfide samples were included in the analyses and they are reported in the mixed sulfide/oxide category.
A total of 47 samples were analyzed and selected from many different locations throughout the project site at various depths to obtain a general sense of precious metal recoveries that can be obtained by leaching with cyanide. Results from the cyanide shake tests follow:
Cyanide shake test procedures at McClelland Laboratories involved obtaining a split of the original reverse circulation drill sample pulps that were used for determining the initial fire assays. The minus 150 mesh sample splits were placed in centrifuge tubes containing cyanide solution and agitated on a shaker table for two hours. The solution was then analyzed by atomic adsorption for gold and silver, which was then compared with the original fire assays to determine recoveries.
After reviewing the results and speaking with McClelland Laboratories, management at Teras is optimistic with the precious metal recoveries at Cahuilla. The results suggest good potential for processing this material by cyanidation processing methods. Additional samples will be submitted for further and more detailed metallurgical and mineralogical testing as the program advances.
Dale A Vitone P. Eng., registered with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Alberta and North West Territories and a Director for Teras, is the Company''s nominated qualified person responsible for monitoring the supervision and quality control of the programs completed on the Company''s properties. Mr. Vitone has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release.
The Company is focused on developing its Cahuilla project located in Imperial County, California. The project encompasses an area of at least 3 km by 1.5 km and demonstrates the potential for a large-scale, bulk mining operation consisting of altered and mineralized sedimentary and volcanic host rocks with numerous sheeted high-grade quartz veins. Teras filed a NI 43-101 compliant technical report with an indicated resource of 1.2 million plus ounces of gold and 11 million plus ounces of silver on its Cahuilla project (70.148 million tons at an average grade of 0.015 ounces per ton gold and 0.17 ounces per ton silver with a cutoff of 0.008 ounces per ton gold). The Company has an aggressive plan to increase the resource and develop the project for future mining operations.
This press release may contain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein may be forward-looking information. Generally, forward-looking information may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", " expects" or "does not expect", "proposed", "is expected", "budgets", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases which state that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, or might occur or be achieved. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking information regarding: the potential of the Cahuilla Project; the potential of geophysical programs on the Cahuilla Project; the potential to expand the resource, to identify new targets and to identify high grade zones and structures; the timing of and potential of drilling and exploration programs, surveys, studies and developments; and the potential for finding high grade deposits. This forward-looking information reflects the Company''s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to the Company and on assumptions the Company believes are reasonable. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, the actual results of exploration projects being equivalent to or better than estimated results in technical reports or prior exploration results; future costs and expenses being based on historical costs and expenses, adjusted for inflation; continued success in drilling and exploration programs and geological and geophysical studies at the Cahuilla project; successful studies in mining techniques and metallurgy; commodity prices continuing at today''s prices or rising; obtaining the necessary funding to carry out recommended work programs, exploration and studies; and continued success in obtaining permits. Additional assumptions can be found in the Company''s disclosure documents on the SEDAR website.
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