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Meritus Obtains up to 99.21% Gold Recovery from Preliminary Metallurgical tests of Gutain Davaa Mineralization

Vancouver, B.C.: Meritus Minerals Ltd. (MML) (TSX-V - MER) (the "Company") is pleased to advise of the receipt of results of a preliminary metallurgical test of selected surficial oxidized mineralization from the Toordogiin Shil Prospect at the Gutain Davaa Project, Mongolia.

The results are very encouraging and indicate that fine grinding will fully liberate the very fine gold mineralization and that bench scale testing achieves in excess of 99% gold recovery on some samples. Best results are tabulated below.

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 |Sample|Passing|Free   |Recovery Rate (%)  |Final   |Calculated|
 |No.   |75     |Cyanide|                   |Recovery|Head      |
 |      |Microns|(ppm)  |                   |(%)     |Grade     |
 |      |(%)    |       |                   |        | (g       |
 |      |       |       |                   |        |Au/t)     |
 |      |-------|       |-------------|
 |      |12 hrs |       |24 hrs|48 hrs|
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#19   |65     |100    |59.74 |79.58 |89.71|89.71   |5.06      |
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#20   |65     |200    |82.07 |91.23 |97.76|97.76   |5.02      |
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#21   |65     |300    |88.09 |90.91 |98.42|98.42   |5.07      |
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#22   |80     |100    |56.62 |93.07 |99.17|99.17   |4.82      |
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#23   |80     |200    |92.82 |94.67 |99.04|99.04   |5.19      |
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |#24   |80     |300    |91.56 |93.38 |99.21|99.21   |5.05      |
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These results are considered most encouraging. Further tests of oxidized and primary mineralization are required to enable optimum gold recoveries to be achieved. However this data suggests that for oxidized material optimum recoveries in excess of 92% will be achieved when grind size exceeds 65% passing 75 microns, free cyanide is between 100ppm and 200ppm, and residence leach time is between 12 and 24 hours.

The work was performed by Conres, a Mongolian organization in their facilities in Ulaan Baatar. A selected 112kg sample of oxidized surficial mineralization was crushed and delivered to Conres. A split of the submitted sample was wet screened and subject to screen fire assay. Head grade of this sample was determined as 5.14g Au/t.

After grinding tests leaching was carried out in Bottle Roll leaching tests. Pulp density was maintained at 50% solids and pH maintained above 10.5. From each of four sub samples three 500 gram sub samples were cut and tested with different levels of cyanide added, 100, 200 and 300 ppm. Progress of leaching was recorded at 12 hours, 24 hours and 48 hours following which gold head grades of the individual samples were calculated.

The Gutain Davaa project contains seven gold targets of which only the Toordogiin Shil prospect has been drilled.

The Toordoriin Shil prospect is located in the contact zone between strongly altered granodiorites and meta sediments and is considered to be of orogenic style. During 2010 / 2011 Meritus completed 6700m of diamond drilling in 58 holes many of which encountered high grade gold mineralization,(ie.28.6m of 8.78gAu/t,8.05m 0f 10.7g Au/t, 16.0m of 7.73 gAu/t,7.0m of 16.4 gAu/t ,2.0m of 44.04g Au/t,-all previously reported).

Meritus is preparing information for filing in support of an application to register the resource at Toordogiin Shilwith the Mongolian National Reserves Committee. The metallurgical report referred to is part of that information.

For the purpose of this release the qualified person is Terence E. Bates, MSc (Geol) the Company's CEO and President. All technical information in this release has been reviewed or compiled by Mr. Bates. Mr. Bates is a fellow of the Australian institutive of Mining and Metallurgy and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Meritus Minerals Ltd.

Terence E. Bates - CEO and President

For further Information please email to: meritusml@fpt.vn

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