Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - March 21, 2024) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ("Benton" or the "Company")  is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its Phase 2 drill program, encompassing 15 holes for a total of 3,260 m, at its Great Burnt Project in Newfoundland. Results for the initial drill holes are expected shortly and will be released once received and compiled.

Highlights from Phase 2 to date include:

  • Successfully expanded the Great Burnt deposit 50 m down plunge and along strike to the south.
  • Successfully demonstrated that the deposit is wide open for expansion.
  • Defined partial up dip and down dip limits of the main zone.
  • Majority of drill holes intersected stringer, semi-massive and/or massive sulphide from 0.5 m to 17.75 m.

In addition, the Company has engaged Eastern Geophysics to complete a Crone downhole pulse electro- magnetics survey on 7 drill holes for targeting of massive sulphides near the main zone over a 300-400 m area. This includes surveying the two deepest holes completed by Benton to date to test for further expansion of the massive sulphide zone. Benton's team continues to be excited about the excellent potential of Great Burnt project and the mobilization of the geophysical crew will commence this week.

Upon completion of the survey, the Company will prepare for its Phase 3 exploration program to begin in May-June, which will include drilling, trenching, surface sampling, prospecting, structural mapping, as well as soil and rock geochemistry sampling.

Benton's President and CEO Stephen Stares stated: "This will be an exciting summer for Benton and its shareholders as we embark on our third drill program at Great Burnt in the coming weeks. We have a tremendous amount of work to do on this highly prospective and underexplored 25 km volcanic belt at Great Burnt. We remain confident that our upcoming aggressive ground exploration program will lead to additional discoveries at the project. We look forward to receiving assays results from this program and continuing to expand on this large copper-gold system in 2024."

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Great Burnt Phase 3 Drilling Longitudinal Section

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Great Burnt Hole 24-33

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Great Burnt Hole 24-37

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Great Burnt Cut Hole 24-34

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Stephen House (P.Geo.), Vice President of Exploration for Benton Resources Inc., the 'Qualified Person' under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release and prepared or supervised its preparation.

About Benton Resources Inc.

Benton Resources is a well-financed mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BEX. Following a project generation business model, Benton has a diversified, highly prospective property portfolio of gold, silver, nickel, copper, platinum group elements and, most recently, lithium and cesium assets. In addition, it currently holds large equity positions in other mining companies that are advancing high-quality assets. Whenever possible, BEX retains net smelter return (NSR) royalties with potential long-term cash flow.

Benton is currently focused on advancing its high-grade Copper-Gold Great Burnt Project in central Newfoundland, which has a Mineral Resource estimate of 667,000 tonnes @ 3.21% Cu Indicated and 482,000 @ 2.35% Cu Inferred. The Project has an excellent geological setting covering 25 km of strike and boasts six known Cu-Au-Ag zones over 15 km that are all open for expansion. Further potential for discovery is excellent given the extensive number of untested geophysical targets and Cu-Au soil anomalies. The Phase 1 drill program consisting of over 5,650 m, completed in November, returned impressive results including 25.42 m of 5.51% Cu, including 9.78 m of 8.31% Cu, and 1.00 m of 12.70% Cu from hole GB-23-12.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,

"Stephen Stares"

Stephen Stares, President

Parties interested in seeking more information about properties available for option can contact Mr. Stares at the number below.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Stares, President & CEO
Phone: 807-474-9020

Iryna Zheliasko, Investor Relations
Phone: 647-249-9298 ext. 322

Twitter: @BentonResources
Facebook: @BentonResourcesBEX


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