MacDonald Mines Acquires Nickel Property in the Sudbury District

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX Venture:BMK)
("MacDonald" or the "Company") announces it has acquired the Worthington
Property in the Sudbury District of Northern Ontario. The Property consists of
a patented claim on ground that covers a new, never-tested portion of the
Worthington offset dyke - a significant nickel, copper, and
platinum-group-element ore carrier in the South Range of the world-class
Sudbury Structure.
    The Property is located immediately north of Highway 17 approximately 40
kilometres west of the town of Copper Cliff and 1.5 kilometres east of the
community of Nairn Centre.
    As per the agreement and subject to Exchange approval, MacDonald Mines
has the option to acquire a 100% interest in the Worthington Property, in
consideration of exploration work and cash payments totalling CA$130,000 over
the next three years. MacDonald must also issue 350,000 common shares and
175,000 purchase share warrants which are exercisable at $0.25 per share for a
period of 24 months from date of issuance. All securities issued with respect
to this transaction are subject to a four-month hold.

    Nickel-Bearing Structure

    The Worthington quartz diorite dyke is a 10-11 kilometre long offset
feature which hosts the new Totten Mine discovery (10.1 million tonnes grading
1.5 % nickel, 2.0 % copper and 4.8 g/t PGEs) of VALE-Inco as well as the
adjacent early-discovered Worthington Mine and Copper AER-Kidd Mine. The
Totten Mine is actively being brought into production. These deposits are
located approximately 8 kilometres to the northeast of the Property. The
Worthington dyke also hosts FNX's Victoria Property located several kilometres
to the northeast of the Totten Mine which hosts indicated reserves of 0.53M
tons grading 1.2% Ni and 1.4% Cu.

    Potential to Host Large-Scale Ni-Cu-PGE Mines

    In the South Range, offset dykes and secondary structures host
large-scale Ni-Cu-PGE mines and are of a size that, surprisingly, has yet to
be fully tested by systematic drilling programs even after a century of mining
in the region.
    Hadyn Butler, P.Geo., Director states, "An outcrop located 50 meters to
the west of the western boundary of the Property shows the blunt end of the
Worthington offset dyke that hosts Sudbury-related sulphide mineralization.
The blunt end dips south onto the Property and occurs there because the offset
dyke intersects an older Nipissing diabase sill. At the Totten Mine, the same
offset dyke also intersects a Nipissing diabase sill forming a blunt end. As a
general rule, such structures appear to form traps to host nickel-copper-PGE
sulphide mineralization in offset dykes."
    MacDonald Mines is currently undertaking a surface magnetic and UTEM
survey to define drill targets on the Property. The UTEM geophysical surveys
are a proven technology in the Sudbury Mining Camp. This work is expected to
be completed within the month. Anomalies generated from this work will be
drill tested.

    About MacDonald Mines

    MacDonald Mines is a mineral exploration company with an established
history in the exploration of gold and base metals. MacDonald has set upon a
strategic direction of exploration in the Canadian Northlands, with particular
focus in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
    In 2008, MacDonald Mines was ranked second in the TSX Venture 50's Annual
Ranking of Top Canadian Mining Companies and trades under the symbol BMK.
    Hadyn Butler, P.Geo., Director is the designated qualified person for
technical information contained in this release.

    WARNING: The statements made in this news release may contain
forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from
expectations and projections set out herein.
    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
or accuracy of this news release.

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For further information:

For further information: MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd., Email:, Website:, (800) 818-5442,
(416) 364-4986, (416) 364-2753 (FAX); Brent Nykoliation, Vice President,
Business Development; J. A. Kirk McKinnon, President & CEO; Richard Schler,
Chief Operating Officer & CFO

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