TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - Lago Dourado Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:LDM), (the "Company") is pleased to announce the discovery of a high-grade gold zone at its 100%-owned Juruena Gold Project in Mato Grasso, Brazil. Results for the first 6 of 9 holes drilled at the previously untested Querosene Zone are summarized in Table 1 below. Highlights include:

  • Hole JRND018 which intercepted 4 metres of 32.46 g/t gold, including 1 metre of 120.80 g/t gold and 3 metres of 20.32 g/t gold including 1 metre of 58.20 g/t gold;
  • Hole JRND020 which intercepted 1 metre of 62.20 g/t gold;
  • Hole JRND022 which intercepted 2 metres of 47.10 g/t gold including 1 metre of 80.70 g/t gold.

The Querosene Zone lies 1500 metres east along trend of a magnetic low corridor from the Crentes Zone, where broad zones of mineralization were intercepted earlier in the drill program (see news releases May 11 and June 2, 2011). Mineralization intercepted at Querosene consists of narrow, discrete intervals of massive sulphide veins associated with shear zones and fractures. The controls and deposition at Querosene are different to what is found at the Crentes Zone (sulphide-rich stockwork quartz veins, hydrothermal breccias, shear zone-hosted and disseminated sulphides), which could suggest there have been multiple episodes of mineralization at Juruena.

The most impressive intercepts reported to date at Querosene were located on the southernmost (JRND018) and westernmost (JRND022) holes (see Figure A: The gold-in-soil anomaly continues 2km south of hole JRND018 to the Capixaba Zone, a zone that was drilled historically and returned similar narrow, high-grade intercepts (including 3.7 m of 131.3g/t gold) to what has been encountered at Querosene (see Figure B: Assay results for two holes drilled further west of hole JRND022 along the magnetic low corridor are pending.

Table 1 – Assay Result Summary
Hole # From To Length (m) Au g/t
JRND015 No significant mineralization
JRND016 No significant mineralization
JRND018 65.0 69.0 4.0 32.46
Including 65.0 66.0 1.0 120.80
136.0 139.0 3.0 20.32
Including 137.0 138.0 1.0 58.20
JRND019 No significant mineralization
JRND020 122.0 123.0 1.0 62.20
JRND022 69.0 71.0 2.0 47.10
Including 69.0 70.0 1.0 80.70
*Intervals do not necessarily indicate true widths

"We are very encouraged with the discovery of a high-grade gold zone at depth at the Querosene target. The discovery demonstrates the variety and extent of the gold mineralization that is present across wide spread areas and in different geological settings at the Juruena project," said Forbes Gemmell, President and CEO.

Assays are pending for three additional drill holes from Querosene. The Company is now drill-testing the Jacare Field and the Noventa Graus target areas. Two diamond drills are in operation; 4 holes have been completed to date at the Jacare Field target and 4 holes at the Noventa Graus target.

Qualified Person:

Murray Paterson, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and Development for Lago Dourado Minerals Ltd, is the Qualified Person, within the meaning of NI 43-101, who reviewed the technical data in this news release. Samples were fire assayed by Acme Analytical Laboratories S.A. in Santiago, Chile.

About the Company:

Lago Dourado Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:LDM) is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on advancing its 100%-owned Juruena gold project in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The largely untested property hosts extensive gold mineralization identified over 10 square kilometres, and at least 0.5 million oz of gold has been mined from surface workings. An expanded phase I drill campaign is currently underway and is expected to continue throughout 2011. The Company currently has 71.3 million shares outstanding.

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Contact Information:

Lago Dourado Minerals Ltd.
Forbes Gemmell
President and Chief Executive Officer
(416) 368-5005

Lago Dourado Minerals Ltd.
Natasha Blackburn
Corporate Development
(416) 368-5005