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Pure Nickel Inc.

August 06, 2008 10:13 ET

Pure Nickel Inc.: Manicouagan Intercepts 2.34% Nickel and 0.97% Copper Over 5.47 Metres in First Hole Drilled on HPM/Forgues Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - Pure Nickel Inc. (TSX:NIC)(OTCBB:PNCKF) is pleased to report that the Optionee of its HPM/Forgues property, Manicouagan Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAM) announced today assay results for the first two drill holes from its ongoing diamond drill program on the HPM/Forgues property in Mid-North Quebec. Two confirmatory drill holes were completed to verify past results reported by Xstrata Nickel (formerly Falconbridge Limited) in 2001 and Rockwell Ventures in 2002 (see Manicouagan Press Releases dated July 15, April 23 and February 21, 2008).

HPM-08-01 drilled in the vicinity of drill hole F151-01, intersected a 5.47 metre interval of massive sulphides between 78.60 m and 84.70 m down hole which assayed 2.34% nickel and 0.97% copper.

HPM-08-02 drilled from the same set-up intersected a 7.47 metre interval of massive sulfides and mineralized gabbronorite from 87.79 m to 95.26 m downhole which assayed 1.59% nickel and 0.76% copper. Results are tabulated below:



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Hole ID Sample No. From To Length Ni Cu Co
(m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (ppm)
(ppm) (ppm)
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HPM-08-01 264122 78.60 79.22 0.62 2.49 1.30 1260
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HPM-08-01 264123 79.22 79.82 0.60 2.49 2.19 1230
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HPM-08-01 264124 79.82 80.42 0.60 2.57 0.78 1270
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HPM-08-01 264125 80.42 81.00 0.58 2.23 0.94 1350
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HPM-08-01 264126 81.00 81.70 0.70 2.28 0.62 1190
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HPM-08-01 264127 81.70 82.43 0.73 2.12 0.80 1230
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HPM-08-01 264128 82.43 82.87 0.44 2.41 0.62 1260
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HPM-08-01 264129 82.87 83.45 0.58 2.38 0.68 1210
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HPM-08-01 264130 83.45 84.07 0.62 2.16 0.78 1150
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HPM 08 01 Interval 78.60 84.07 5.47 2.34 0.97 1237
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HPM-08-02 264136 87.79 88.13 0.34 2.20 1.97 1390
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HPM-08-02 264137 88.13 88.95 0.82 (1340)(ii) (560)(ii) 100
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HPM-08-02 264138 88.95 89.45 0.50 2.48 1.08 1410
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HPM-08-02 264139 89.45 89.85 0.40 2.18 0.79 1150
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HPM-08-02 264140 89.85 90.46 0.61 RP RP RP
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HPM-08-02 264141 90.46 91.01 0.55 2.18 1.13 1150
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HPM-08-02 264142 91.01 91.69 0.68 2.08 2.25 1220
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HPM-08-02 264143 91.69 91.82 0.13 (2860)(ii) (3410)(ii) 140
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HPM-08-02 264144 91.82 92.24 0.42 1.96 1.01 1120
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HPM-08-02 264145 92.24 92.91 0.67 2.05 0.86 1230
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HPM-08-02 264146 92.91 93.07 0.16 (4620)(ii) (1470)(ii) 240
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HPM-08-02 264147 93.07 93.52 0.45 2.51 (3110)(ii) 1230
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HPM-08-02 264148 93.52 93.91 0.39 0.83 0.99 360
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HPM-08-02 264149 93.91 94.55 0.64 2.27 (2780)(ii) 1180
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HPM-08-02 264150 94.55 94.74 0.19 (1580)(ii) (200)(ii) 120
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HPM-08-02 264151 94.74 95.26 0.52 2.01 (3020)(ii) 1160
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HPM 08 02 Interval 87.79 95.26 7.47 1.59 0.76 885
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(i) True width unknown
(ii) Trace element analysis results used to calculate intercept values
pending receipt of assay results RP: Results pending, zero value was
used to calculate intercept


All samples were also analyzed for gold, platinum and palladium which in certain instances are present in insignificant amounts.

A composite drill section showing Manicouagan's drill holes HPM-08-01 and HPM-08-02 together with the past results reported by Xstrata Nickel and Rockwell Ventures is attached and is also available at www.manicouaganminerals.com.

To view "Section 0+00E Looking Grid West Drill Results to Date", please visit: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/section.pdf.

The HPM/Forgues Property is located some 160 kilometres east-southeast of the Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE Property. It is situated in NTS 22 O/11 and 22 O/12 and lies just east of highway 389, which runs between Baie-Comeau and Fermont, Quebec.

Manicouagan has an option agreement with Pure Nickel Inc. pursuant to which it can earn up to a 70% interest in 39 mining claims forming the HPM/Forgues Property optioned from Pure Nickel as well as any additional claims acquired by either party within a five kilometre radius of the outer boundaries of the 39 claims. Xstrata Nickel retains certain back-in and other rights with respect to the HPM/Forgues Property. Full details of the option agreement with Pure Nickel and the rights of Xstrata are set out in Manicouagan's Press Release of November 6, 2007.

Since acquiring the option in 2007 Manicouagan has map staked an additional 246 claims in the vicinity of the HPM/Forgues Property.

Diamond drilling is continuing at HPM/Forgues to follow-up and expand upon significant nickel-copper mineralization that was intersected during a program of limited drill testing by Xstrata Nickel in 2001 and Rockwell Ventures in 2002. Manicouagan expects to complete approximately 6,000 metres of drilling during this summer's field programs on HPM/Forgues and its other Mid-North Quebec exploration properties. A sketch showing the location of Manicouagan's Mid-North Quebec exploration properties is attached.

To view "Mid-North Quebec Projects", please visit: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Mid-North22.pdf.

Preliminary airborne survey results from the recent AeroTEM II survey (see below) indicate the presence of numerous conductors on the property which are currently being prospected and prioritized for grid emplacement to facilitate ground geophysical surveys to define potential drill targets. In addition the existing grid on the Falconbridge/Rockwell Ventures occurrence has been brushed out and ground geophysical surveys are in progress.

Final results from the recently completed 6,400 line kilometre AeroTEM II (airborne electromagnetic and magnetic) survey (See Manicouagan Press Releases of May 14, 2008 and April 23, 2008) remain pending although preliminary results including datasets for priority areas have been received and are being interpreted to identify potential drill targets within the 138.56 square kilometre HPM/Forgues Nickel property as well as the 247 square kilometre Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE Property.

Gold, platinum and palladium concentrations are determined by fire assay using a 30 gram split mixed with fire assay fluxes and fused at 1100 degrees C for one hour. After cooling the lead button is separated from the slag and cupelled at 960 degrees C to recover the silver (dore bead) plus gold, platinum and palladium. The silver dore bead is digested in hot (95 degrees C) nitric and hydrochloric acid. After cooling for 2 hours the sample solution is analyzed for gold, platinum and palladium by ICP/OES. Nickel, copper and cobalt concentrations are first determined by AAS initially using a 1 gram sample digested in aqua regia. In those samples where any one of the nickel, copper or cobalt concentrations as determined exceed 5,000 parts per million (equivalent to 0.5%) samples are assayed for nickel, copper and cobalt by using a 0.5 gram sample using a four acid digestion with hydrofluoric, nitric, perchloric and hydrochloric acids. Analytical services are provided by TSL Laboratories of Saskatoon a full description of the laboratory's analytical procedures may be viewed on their website at www.tsllabs.com.

Exploration programs on the HPM/Forgues and the Company's Mid North Quebec properties are being carried out under the direct supervision of Francois Bissonnette, P.Geo., Senior Project Geologist.

Manicouagan's exploration programs are being carried out under the supervision of Rod Thomas, Vice President - Exploration of the Company. Mr. Thomas, a professional geologist, has reviewed and verified the technical content of this press release on behalf of Manicouagan Minerals and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

About Pure Nickel Inc.:

Pure Nickel is a mineral exploration company with a diverse collection of advanced multiple nickel sulphide and PGE projects in Canada and Alaska. The Company's 2008 exploration program is underway on multiple properties and is fully funded.

About Manicouagan Minerals Inc.:

Manicouagan Minerals Inc. is a Canadian based exploration company with a diversified portfolio of Canadian exploration properties including the Brabant Lake Zinc/Copper deposit in Saskatchewan and the Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE project in Quebec.

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of the Company are forward looking statements that involve various risks. The following are important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements: changes in the world wide price of mineral commodities, general market conditions, risks inherent in mineral exploration, risks associated with development, construction and mining operations, the uncertainty of future profitability and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events may differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Pure Nickel undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

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