VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(NYSE Amex:NG) today announced the results of its initial drill program at the San Roque project in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina.

The program was designed to test three areas at the San Roque project; the Del Indio zone (now called the Zone 33 Area), a series of IP and resistivity anomalies, and the Zone 51 Area. The locations of the drill holes are shown on the location map below.

Significant intercepts are shown in the table below.

Table 1: San Roque Significant Drill Intervals
Total Au Ag In Pb Zn AuEq AuEq gpt
From To meters gpt gpt gpt % % gpt x meters
DDHMSR-0002 37.0 58.5 21.5 0.43 17.1 4.2 0.35 0.45 1.22 26.2
98.0 133.0 35.0 0.51 15.9 10.0 0.38 0.60 1.44 50.4
167.0 171.0 4.0 2.30 84.3 0.1 0.09 0.21 4.14 16.6
3 intervals 60.5 0.60 20.8 7.3 0.35 0.52 1.54 93.2
DDHMSR-0003 25.0 51.0 26.0 0.63 9.0 4.45 0.16 0.22 1.05 27.3
102.0 139.0 37.0 0.21 18.8 14.5 0.37 0.47 1.17 43.5
186.0 205.0 19.0 0.15 42.7 52.4 0.97 0.65 2.42 46.1
3 intervals 82.0 0.33 21.2 20.1 0.44 0.44 1.42 116.8
DDHMSR-0009 31.0 61.0 30.0 0.36 6.3 7.35 0.34 0.66 1.08 32.3
69.0 189.0 120.0 1.16 10.3 39.0 0.43 2.04 3.06 367.0
2 intervals 150.0 1.00 9.5 32.7 0.41 1.77 2.66 399.3
DDHMSR-0013 9.0 13.0 4.0 0.19 2.4 262.9 0.42 0.23 3.57 14.3
21.0 54.7 33.7 0.30 7.7 6.9 0.70 0.92 1.35 45.6
61.0 205.5 144.5 0.20 25.5 5.1 0.65 1.25 1.73 249.5
263.0 272.0 9.0 0.66 8.8 0.5 0.29 0.46 1.23 11.0
4 intervals 191.2 0.24 21.1 10.6 0.64 1.13 1.68 320.4
DDHMSR-0015 120.8 132.0 11.2 0.62 32.6 0.1 0.13 0.25 1.46 16.4
1 interval 11.2 0.62 32.6 0.12 0.13 0.25 1.46 16.4
Notes to Drill Interval Table:
  1. Significant interval defined as a minimum 10 meter interval or a 10 gram meter AuEq interval grading a minimum of 1 gpt AuEq.
  2. Internal dilution limited to 4 continuous meters of <0.5 gpt AuEq. Cutoff grade of 0.5 grams/tonne AuEq.
  3. Au Equivalencies based on the following metal value ratios – Au:Ag 50:1, Au:In 87.5:1, Au:Pb 19845:1, Au:Zn 19845:1.
  4. Long-term metal ratios based on value relations of $1200/oz Au, $24/oz Ag, $400/kg In, $0.80/lb Pb and Zn.
  5. The intervals shown are drill length intervals. True widths are not known.
  6. No significant intervals as defined by Note 1 were drilled in the remaining 10 Phase I drill holes.

A second drilling campaign is now being planned. This program will include a 15-line-kilometer IP/Resistivity survey and a 3,500-5,000-meter HQ-size drill program. The drill program is planned for completion before the end of 2011.

Joe Piekenbrock, VP Exploration commented, "This early success at San Roque is encouraging, particularly the significant widths of mineralization encountered. Our goal with the second round of drilling is to expand on the potential resource in Zone 33 Area and capitalize on the extensive exploration potential that we recognized in the initial round of drilling."

NovaGold signed an option agreement with Marifil Mines Ltd. ("Marifil") on June 22, 2010, which gives NovaGold the right to earn up to a 70% interest in the San Roque Project. The San Roque project comprises eleven claims totaling 70,046 hectares. Three of the claims are owned by MIM Exploraciones SA ("MIM") and Marifil has exercised its right to purchase a 100%-interest in these claims for $400,000.

The drill program and sampling protocol were managed by NovaGold. The HQ diameter diamond drill holes were sampled using a two-meter sample length and recovery averaged 95%. Three quality control samples (one blank, one standard and one duplicate) were inserted into each batch of 20 samples. The drill core was sawn, with half sent to ASL Chemex Labs in Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, where gold was analyzed by fire assay and AAS finish and a four acid ICP-MS method was used to analyze a full suite of elements. Samples were securely transported from the project site to the ALS Chemex laboratory in Mendoza via a private truck hired by ALS.

Heather Brown, P.Geo, GIS Database Geologist for NovaGold, and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the results of the drill program and confirmed that all procedures, protocols and methodologies used in the drill program conform to industry standards.

To view a map of the San Roque Target Areas please visit the following link:

About NovaGold

NovaGold is a precious metals company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Alaska, U.S.A. and British Columbia, Canada. The Company is focused on advancing its two core properties, Donlin Gold and Galore Creek, with the objective of becoming a low-cost million-ounce-a-year gold producer, and offers superior leverage to gold and copper with one of the largest mineral reserve/resource bases of any junior or mid-tier gold company. NovaGold has a strong track record of expanding deposits through exploration success and forging collaborative partnerships, both with local communities and with major mining companies. The Donlin Gold project in Alaska, one of the world's largest undeveloped gold deposits, is held by a limited liability company owned equally by wholly-owned subsidiaries of NovaGold and Barrick Gold Corporation. The Galore Creek project in British Columbia, a large copper-gold-silver deposit, is held by a partnership owned equally by wholly-owned subsidiaries of NovaGold and Teck Resources Limited. NovaGold also owns a 100% interest in the high-grade Ambler copper-zinc-gold-silver deposit in northern Alaska and has other earlier-stage exploration properties. NovaGold trades on the TSX and NYSE-AMEX under the symbol NG. More information is available at or by emailing

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