Benton discovers new zinc showing on recently staked Gem Property

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp ("Benton" or the
"Company") is pleased to report that it has recently acquired by staking a new
copper-zinc project.
    Recent prospecting on the Gem Property, located north of Thunder Bay,
Ontario in the Garden Lake Greenstone Belt, has identified several large
gossanous outcrops with local pods of massive sulphides consisting of
pyrrhotite, pyrite, sphalerite and galena mineralization. This new showing,
named Ruby Hill, is currently the focus of a mechanical trenching program
initiated to expose the extent and nature of the base metal mineralization.
    The property is host to numerous coincident electromagnetic airborne
conductive anomalies and aeromagnetic highs identified by a government
geophysical airborne survey released in 2000. Conductive responses in the
immediate area of the newly discovered base metal mineralization range from
weak to strong and stretch for more than 1.2 kilometres along the strike of
the host country rock.
    Research of the government assessment files indicates that very little
exploration has taken place in the area. Several diamond drill collars have
been located approximately two kilometres across strike to the south of the
new base metal discovery.
    The Gem Property is a significant new addition to Benton's already large
prospective property portfolio. Prospecting and mechanical trenching will
continue with grid establishment, geological mapping, and ground geophysical
surveys (magnetics and electromagnetics (MaxMin)) currently being designed.
Grab samples of the mineralization have been collected and submitted to
Accurassay Laboratories of Thunder Bay, Ontario. These results are currently
pending and will be reported on when received.
    Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is
the qualified person responsible for this release.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.

    "Stephen Stares"
    Stephen Stares, President


    Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities.

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Stares, 611 Montreal Street, Thunder
Bay, Ontario, P7E 3P2, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,; Investor relations: In Canada: First Canadian Capital,
Daniel Boase, Phone (416) 742-5600, Fax (416) 742-6410; In U.S.A: The Windward
Agency, Kelly Boatright, Phone (704) 588-8600

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