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Search Mineral's phase III drilling extends REE mineralization to 400m depth at Foxtrot Project, Labrador

February 1st, 2012

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VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Search Minerals Inc. (“Search” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SMY) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alterra Resources Inc., announce positive results from the third phase of drilling at its Foxtrot Project (100% owned) in the Port Hope Simpson REE District, SE Labrador. A 10,000m-drill program is being conducted on the Foxtrot rare earth element (“REE”)-Zr-Y-Nb Project. Assay results for part of this diamond drill program have been received and interpreted.

Highlights:

  • Every drill hole, to date, intersected mineralization, ranging in true thickness from 10.37 - 14.36m;
  • Mineralization ranges up to 0.96% TREE (1.09% TREE+Y) including 247ppm Dy (283ppm Dy2O3) over 14.36m (true thickness);
  • Mineralization extends consistently from surface to 400m depth and is still open
  • Mineralized zone located 9km from all year deep-water port and 0.5km from all season gravel road.

The first phase drill program at the Foxtrot Project consisting of 23 holes drilled in late 2010 and early 2011 (refer to news release, Nov. 2, 2010), intersected REE-Zr-Y-Nb mineralization at depths of 50 and 100m along a 2km strike length. Mineralization consists of fergusonite, allanite and zircon in metamorphosed fine-grained felsic volcanic rocks.

The second phase drill program consisted of 20 holes and was drilled in the early summer of 2011. This drill program intersected mineralization at depths of 50, 100, 150, and 200m along a 500m-strike length (refer to news release Aug. 30, 2011). The assays of the highest-grade intersections are markedly consistent throughout both Phase I and Phase II holes.

The third phase drill program (approximately 10,000m) is currently in progress (see attached DDH Plan Map), with an expected completion in early February, is designed to intersect mineralization at depths of 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400m, and 500m along a 500m-strike length.

This news release consists of preliminary results from a single north-south section intersecting mineralization from the 50m to the 400m level (link to cross section), in which five of the holes were drilled during the third phase drill program (from 200m-400m). Weighted averages from the best interval (DDH FT-11-28 from 304.70-321.27m) assayed 247ppm Dy (283ppm Dy2O3), 1309ppm Y, 12855ppm Zr, 0.96% TREE, 1.09% TREE+Y over 14.36m (true thickness). Please refer to the attached table for results.  Analytical techniques and sample preparation procedures are outlined in Search’s July 27, 2010 press release.

A resource estimate was released for the Foxtrot Project (refer to news release Dec. 20, 2011), which included drilling from Phase I, and II, extending to a depth of 200m. Filing of the supporting NI 43-101 Technical Report is imminent.

  Tonnes Dy
(ppm)
Nd
(ppm)
Y
(ppm)
HREE+Y
(%)
TREE+Y
(%)
Indicated 3,410,000 189 1442 1059 0.18 0.89
Inferred 5,858,000 181 1277 1016 0.17 0.8
             
  Tonnes Dy2O3
(ppm)
Nd2O3
(ppm)
Y2O3
(ppm)
HREO+Y
(%)
TREO+Y
(%)
Indicated 3,410,000 218 1687 1345 0.21 1.07
Inferred 5,858,000 208 1494 1290 0.21 0.98

A revised resource estimate will be produced following completion and interpretation of the results from the Phase III drilling program. This updated resource estimate will extend to a depth of 400m.

Jim Clucas, President and CEO of Search Minerals remarks “The discovery of REE-Zr-Y-Nb mineralization to the 400m level at Foxtrot will significantly increase the recently announced resource estimate. We plan to carry out a 40,000m drill program at 25m spacings to produce a measured resource”.

Exploration Program Update
The Company’s Port Hope Simpson REE District is 135 km long and 4 - 12 km wide, consists of 4326 claims in 86 licenses, and occupies 1081 square kilometres. There is a total of 9 REE prospects in the District, including: Rock Rolling Hill, Rattling Bog Hill, Piperstock Hill, Southern Shore, Toots Cove, Pesky Hill, HighREE Island, Foxtrot and Ocean View. The Foxtrot Project occurs in the Fox Harbour mineralized belt. Piperstock Hill, Southern Shore, Toots Cove and Pesky Hill occur in a 13 km mineralized zone known as the HighREE Hills. The Ocean View Prospect occurs in a 3 km mineralized zone known as the Ocean View mineralized belt. The Fox Harbour, Ocean View and HighREE Hills mineralized zones are considered very prospective for both HREEs and LREEs.

Qualified Person:
Dr. Randy Miller, Ph.D., P.Geo, is the Company’s Vice President Exploration and Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. The company will endeavour to meet high standards of integrity, transparency, and consistency in reporting technical content, including geological and assay (e.g., REE) data.

About Search Minerals
Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV: SMY) is a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. Search is the discoverer of the Port Hope Simpson REE District, a highly prospective light and heavy REE belt located in southeast Labrador where the company controls a dominant land position in a belt 135km long and up to 12km wide.  In addition, Search has a number of other mineral prospects in its portfolio located in Newfoundland and Labrador, including a number of claims in the Strange Lake Complex, where Quest Rare Minerals has an earn-in agreement with the Company; and at the Red Wine Complex, where Great Western Minerals Group has a Joint Venture with the Company. 

Furthermore, Search Minerals is the owner of patents relating to the Starved Acid Leaching Technology (“SALT”), a process with the potential to economically recover nickel and cobalt from known deposits currently considered sub economic.

Search Minerals is led by a management team and Board of Directors with a proven track record in the mining industry. The Company has experienced geological and metallurgical teams led by Dr. Randy Miller and Dr. David Dreisinger respectively.

All material information on the Company may be found on its website at www.searchminerals.ca and on SEDAR at sedar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility of the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Statement:
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward- looking statements include those risks set out in Search’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  Although Search believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, Search disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FOXTROT PHASE III DRILL RESULTS FOR SECTION FT-11-26 TO FT-11-33
Hole No FT-11-26 FT-11-28 Ft-11-29 FT-11-30 FT-11-33 Resource
From (m)
to (m)
Interval (m)
True Width (m)
243.53
259.28
15.75
13.65
304.70
321.27
16.57
14.36
372.23
386.12
13.74
11.91
426.97
443.02
16.05
13.91
476.55
483.66
7.11
6.16
487.09
491.95
4.86
4.21
Indicated
3,410,000
tonnes
Y 1179 1309 1307 1282 1228 1135 1059
Zr 12127 12855 12245 12685 10474 11598 9640
Nb 696 768 740 835 766 799 698
La 1679 1993 2074 2119 2179 1812 1663
Ce 3664 4149 4132 4306 4201 3698 3364
Pr 410 474 478 485 504 453 385
Nd 1538 1742 1855 1818 1765 1616 1442
Sm 289 326 344 333 321 296 257
Eu 15 17 17 17 16 15 13
Gd 242 252 268 261 259 240 204
Tb 40 41 42 42 38 36 33
Dy 224 247 245 244 232 225 189
Ho 45 49 46 47 46 45 36
Er 123 134 133 128 123 122 102
Tm 18 20 19 19 18 18 15
Yb 111 120 118 113 106 110 91
Lu 17 18 17 17 16 17 13
LREE 7579 8685 6826 9061 8986 7881 7111
HREE 834 898 906 888 853 827 696
HREE+Y 2013 2207 2212 2170 2080 1962 1755
TREE 8413 9583 9790 9949 9823 8693 7807
TREE +Y 9592 10892 11096 11232 11050 9829 8866
%TREE 0.84% 0.96% 0.98% 0.99% 0.98% 0.87% 0.78%
%TREE+Y 0.96% 1.09% 1.11% 1.12% 1.11% 0.98% 0.89%
%HREE 9.91% 9.37% 9.25% 8.93% 8.68% 9.51% 8.92%
%HREE+Y 20.99% 20.26% 19.94% 19.32% 18.82% 19.96% 19.79%
NOTES: All amounts parts per million (ppm) 10,000 ppm = 1% = 10kg/tonne
REE Rare Earth Elements: La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu (the Lanthanide Series)
TREE Total Rare Earth Elements: Add La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu (the Lanthanide Series)
LREE Light Rare Earth Elements: Add La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm
HREE Heavy Rare Earth Elements:  Add Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu
Y Y herein not included in HREE due to low market value compared to most Lanthanide series HREE
%HREE+Y %(HREE+Y)/(TREE+Y)
%HREE % (HREE/TREE)
Resource Resource estimate to 200m depth data for Indicated only; Indicated & Inferred = 9,260,000 tonnes

Image with caption: “Foxtrot DDH Plan Map (CNW Group/Search Minerals Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8290_PHOTO_EN_9488.jpg

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