Rodinia Minerals Inc.

Rodinia Minerals Inc.

March 01, 2010 15:25 ET

Rodinia Minerals Inc. Reports Initial Sample Results at Diablillos With Brines Up to 890 mg/L and an Average Mg:Li Ratio of 2.57

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Rodinia Minerals Inc. ("Rodinia" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RM)(OTCQX:RDNAF), is pleased to report that it has received positive initial sample results from its auger drill exploration program on its Salar de Diablillos lithium-brine project in Salta, Argentina ("Diablillos"). The Company believes the initial results may be indicative of high concentrations of lithium and potash.

Results from the initial sampling of brines have returned lithium ("Li") values of up to890 milligrams per litre ("mg/L") and favourable magnesium ("Mg") to lithium ratios. The samples taken from within aquifers on the Diablillos property averaged 858 mg/L Li and 2.57 Mg:Li ratio. These samples are from aquifers that will be the focus of subsequent exploration programs and to assess the feasibility of production in the future. The results from aquifer sampling are summarized in the table below.

  milligrams per litre  
Sample Li Mg B K Mg:Li
D-A-02 820 2100 570 8900 2.56
D-A-05 890 2200 610 10000 2.47
D-A-08 860 2700 1000 9500 3.14
D-A-09 830 2000 700 9100 2.41
D-A-10 890 2000 770 9900 2.25
Average 858 2200 730 9480 2.57

A sampling procedure was established to ensure sample integrity by minimizing contamination of brine samples by the dissolution of overlying sediments and evaporates that may be enriched in lithium. Where possible, holes were drilled to three metres depth in an attempt to penetrate the overlying clay layer, which varies in thickness between one and over three metres. Below the clays, a medium to coarse grained sand aquifer was encountered containing high-grade lithium brine in its porous space. A historical drill hole in the south eastern margin of the salar indicates the presence of this aquifer to a vertical depth of at least 75 metres, with material coarsening at depth to a coarse basal conglomerate (SEGEMAR;

Sample integrity was maintained by pushing four inch casing down into the hole and pumping, where possible, the contents of the hole. The hole was then left to refill from the aquifer below, ensuring proper representation of brine geochemistry. This brine was then sampled and decanted before collection in sealed plastic containers that had been previously rinsed in the same brine. All samples were sent to ALS Laboratory Group, Environmental Division, in Fort Collins, CO, USA where Rodinia is sending both its Diablillos and Clayton Valley project samples.

Rodinia's auger drill exploration program is now being retooled to allow for exploration at depths to four-to-five metres. The Company is encouraged by the results of the initial three metres program but believes that the nucleus of the salar has yet to be intersected.

The eight hole exploration program collected samples from various locations across the salar, comprising aquifer and surface water tests. Surface water samples represent the concentrations present in waters that are presently feeding the salar. The lithium values in these samples are encouraging as it shows that geothermal sources in the area are potentially lithium rich. The surface sample results are summarized in the table below.

  milligrams per litre  
Sample Li Mg B K Mg:Li
D-A-01 200 770 230 2100 3.85
D-A-03 27 120 140 300 4.44
D-A-04 390 1300 410 4200 3.33
Average 206 730 260 2200 3.88

The project is supervised by William Randall MSc (Geology), the Vice President Exploration of Rodinia. Mr. Randall is aqualified person, as defined by National Instrument 43-101, and he has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this release. According to the Company's sampling protocol, sample size is to exceed 300 millilitres and be stored in clean, secure containers for transportation. The prepared samples are then forwarded to the ALS Laboratory Group, Environmental Division, in Fort Collins, CO (USA) for analysis. A rigorous QA/QC program is implemented consisting of regular insertion of standards and blanks to ensure laboratory integrity.

About Rodinia Minerals Inc.:

Rodinia Minerals Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration company with a primary focus on lithium exploration and development in North and South America. The Company is positioned to capitalize on the expected increase in demand for lithium carbonate that is projected to result from the anticipated paradigm shift to mass adoption and use of key lithium applications like lithium-ion batteries as well as glass ceramics, greases, pharmaceuticals etc.

Rodinia is currently exploring its Clayton Valley project in Nevada, USA, which surrounds the only lithium-brine producer in North America, and its Diablillos project in Salta, Argentina.

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Cautionary Notes

Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may", "will" and include without limitation, statements regarding the impact of the drill program at the Diablillos property and results of such drill program; the potential of the Company's projects; the potential results and timetable for further exploration with respect to the Clayton Valley project and the Diablillos property, the timetable with respect to future acquisitions and exploration developments at Clayton Valley and Diablillos, timetable for further exploration, analysis and development, title disputes or claims; and governmental approvals and regulation. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, competition, financing risks, acquisition risks, risks inherent in the mining industry, and regulatory risks. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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    David Stein
    President & CEO
    +1 (416) 861-5812
    Rodinia Minerals Inc.
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    Vice President, Corporate Development
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