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NEWS

January 9, 2006

New Mineralized Breccias found on La Sorpresa
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported today that ongoing surface sampling and mapping has confirmed discovery of two additional zones of mineralized quartz-tourmaline breccias on the company's wholly owned La Sorpresa property, Jalisco, Mexico.

The two new breccia zones cover surface areas of approximately 130 metres x 60 metres and 80 metres x 40 metres respectively, and are located 600 metres to the west of the main La Sorpresa zone, where earlier underground sampling of historic workings returned 32 metres of 2.1% Cu and 9g/t Ag.. The breccias are 100 metres apart in an area partially covered by talus and may in fact constitute a single large zone. Mapping and sampling continues in the area of these new zones as quartz-tourmaline float with strong Fe-oxides have been found up to 150 metres to the southwest. View a PDF map.

In addition, trenching and detailed sampling of the West Breccia have increased the size of the zone to approximately 300 metres length x 60 to 180 metres width. Copper oxides are widely distributed through this zone as disseminations in argillized quartz monzonite intrusive and within two additional breccia zones located on the periphery of the intrusive. Surface channel sampling along a 120 metre strike length through this zone returned four highly anomalous intervals, ranging from 56 metres of 0.45% Cu and 4.57g/t Ag, 26 metres of 0.66% Cu and 10.9g/t Ag, 24 metres of 0.67% Cu and 2.0g/t Ag to a high of 18.2 metres of 1.22% Cu and 1.44g/t Ag. Ind ividual samples returned values as high as 2.17% Cu and 33g/t Ag. Sampling tested both mineralized quartz-tourmaline breccias and disseminated sulphides in altered intrusive.

Exploration on the La Sorpresa property is being advanced rapidly toward drill testing. IP geophysics is scheduled to start in January 2006 and will focus on extending the zones of known surface mineralization to depth and drill target definition. Drilling is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2006.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

"Lawrence Page"
Lawrence Page QC, President, Director
Southern Silver Exploration Corp.

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