VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2011) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:LGC)(BVLAC:LGC) ("Luna Gold" or the "Company") announces positive surface exploration results from the Areal target located within Luna Gold's 100% owned prospective Maranhão Greenfields project area. Areal is located 20 km due southwest from the Aurizona mine and is one of several greenfields gold targets being advanced by Luna Gold. Data from geochemical and geophysical surveys combined with geological mapping indicate that a large shear hosted gold mineralizing system exists at Areal. Project maps have been uploaded to the Luna Gold website at or to view directly click below. Areal is a priority drill target for 2012 and can be summarized as:

  • Major gold in soil anomaly measuring 1.70 km X 0.45 km at a 50 ppb Au cut-off with maximum values of 8.97 g/t Au associated with garimpeiro workings, mineralized quartz vein sets and sulfidized felsic intrusives
  • Gold anomaly is associated with elevated Bi and Mo values and is hosted within a major NW trending shear corridor with well defined footwall mafic volcanics – prospective structural corridor
  • Reconaissance rock grab and channel sampling program returned gold values up to 1.60 g/t Au
  • Follow-up programs to commence in Q3 to advance Areal to drill stage in 2012

Areal Location Map:

Areal Geology Map:

Areal Geophysical (RTP) Map:

Luna Gold's President and CEO, John Blake, comments, "We are very pleased with the exploration results from Areal which is one of several gold targets being generated by Luna Gold. Our exploration team is focused on the discovery of multimillion ounce gold deposits hosted within regional shear corridors at Maranhão Greenfields which holds significant potential in becoming a new Brazilian gold district. The addition of a further 20,000 ha to the Maranhão Greenfields project adds to our dominant landholding now totaling 190,000 ha in this emerging gold district and further strengthens Luna Gold's growth profile."

Areal was an active garimpo (artisanal mine) in the 1980's where miners worked northwest trending quartz veins hosted within sulfidized tonalities, syenogranites and granites. Luna Gold conducted a geochemical survey followed by a ground magnetic survey and geologic mapping program which has identified a 1.7 km long gold in soil anomaly within a northwest trending shear zone. Gold mineralization is associated with outcropping quartz veins and hydrothermal alteration and is coincident with a pronounced magnetic low that is associated with altered felsic intrusives within the shear corridor. The geophysical anomalies correlate very well with the geologic mapping and importantly have identified a mafic volcanic footwall sequence providing a strong structural control to the mineralization. Gold shows certain correlation with molybdenum, bismuth and lead consistent with a shear hosted intrusive mineralizing system. The scale of the anomaly and geological and geophysical associations are consistent with Luna Gold's Greenfields target criteria. Luna Gold's geologists collected 303 reconnaissance rock chip and channel samples from across the Areal target with a maximum gold value of 1.60 g/t Au.

Luna Gold's VP Exploration, Titus Haggan, states, "Luna Gold's objective at Maranhão Greenfields in 2011 is to discover district scale gold mineralizing systems and advance the best targets to drill stage for the 2012 exploration season. The exploration results at Areal are very encouraging and indicate a major surface gold anomaly associated with elevated Bi, Mo and Pb values hosted within a series of sheared and altered felsic intrusives. Geologic mapping has groundtruthed the soil anomalies and points to a clear association of gold with quartz veining and sulfidation of the intrusives. Ground magnetic surveys have confirmed the target structure and geology which is hosted within a major NW-trending shear zone. A project grid has been established at Areal and an auger program will commence in Q3 followed by a trenching program ahead of drilling in 2012. This is the first target to be reported from Maranhão Greenfields and several more are in the pipeline. Following the receipt of these excellent results we have extended the soil grid targeting extensions to Areal and will report results from this and other ongoing programs at Maranhão Greenfields project in due course."

About Luna Gold Corp.

Luna Gold is a producing gold company with development and exploration projects. Gold production is from the Aurizona Mine in Maranhão, Brazil, and development is focused on the Cachoeira deposit in Para, Brazil. The Company is exploring a large strategically placed greenfields land position in Maranhão, Brazil.

On behalf of the Board of Directors


John Blake – President and CEO

Regulatory Footnotes

Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC protocol on all aspects of geochemical sampling and analytical procedure. Soil sampling programs are supervised by mining technicians and samples are collected on regular grids surveyed using total stations. Soil samples are collected at a nominal 0.50 meter depth or deeper corresponding to the B soil horizon. Several types of ancillary data are recorded including soil type, granulometry, magnetism, and the presence of laterite. Channel and rock sampling is supervised by geologists and mining technicians and recorded on special log sheets. All areas intended for sampling are assessed and marked-up for sampling by geologists. For surface channel sampling all sample faces are cleaned to a depth of 15 centimeters and marked for sampling which is conducted at nominal 1 meter intervals using appropriate sampling tools which are cleaned between each sample. Sample intervals are surveyed using a Total Station. All samples are stored in secure locked areas under Company supervision. Samples are transported from the Aurizona project to the ALS Chemex sample preparation facility in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais accompanied by Luna personnel. Soil and rock channel samples are assayed for gold via fire assay (30 and 50 grams) at ALS Chemex, Lima, Peru. Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC program for soil and rock samples which involves the insertion of blanks, CRM and sample duplicates. These QA/QC procedures provide several measures of data quality and assure the Company that the assay data is representative of the original sample.

Titus Haggan, Ph.D., EurGeol Certified Professional Geologist #746, Luna's Vice President Exploration is the Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the scientific and technical work on the exploration program and has supervised the preparation of and reviewed the technical disclosure in this press release. Non- qualified persons currently work on Luna's exploration programs under the guidance of Titus Haggan. Dr. Haggan takes responsibility for work, information and advice generated by non-Qualified persons and has taken the steps required to ensure that the work, information and advice is sound.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons unless registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

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