Solitaire Minerals Corp.

Solitaire Minerals Corp.

February 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Solitaire Minerals Corp. Adds to Land Package Surrounding Imperial's Red Chris Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SLT) (Solitaire) has added 15,925 acres to its current land package surrounding Imperial Metal Corporation's (TSX symbol: III) Red Chris property in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. This newest property and Solitaire's fourth property in the region will be named Summit "D". To view a map of the location of Solitaires' land package in this region please visit the following link:

Solitaire has entered into option agreements whereby it can earn up to a 100% interest in four property units totaling 34,715 acres and collectively named the Summit Lake Project. The 2,948 acre Summit "A" property unit immediately borders the eastern boundary of Imperial Metal Corporation's Red Chris property. The 2,510 acre Summit "B" property is located ten kilometres northwest of the Red Chris property and the 13,331 acre Summit "C" property is located seven kilometres west of the Red Chris property. Summit "D" immediately borders Summit "A" to the east and continues north where it borders the northern border of the Red Chris Property.

Two mineralized systems have been identified on the Summit "B" property, within a kilometer to the south of a large early Mississippian granodiorite to diorite pluton. One system is indicated by several trenches exposing a system of vein-style copper, gold and silver mineralization over a strike length of approximately 170 meters with an average width of 5 meters. Grab samples of phyllitic material returned values to 3.6% copper; a 1.5-metre chip sample returned 0.17% copper (Assessment Report 21760). A sample of a 10-centimetre high-grade pod of quartz-pyrite-chalcopyrite-malachite assayed 8.98% copper, 24.5 g/t silver and 0.045 g/t gold (Assessment Report 21416).

The other system, located about 50 metres to the southwest, has a similar mineralogy to the first, but is arsenopyrite-bearing. Trenching has exposed a 1.0-metre lenticular quartz vein with blebs of pyrite, arsenopyrite and chalcopyrite. A grab sample returned 0.6% copper and 1.61 g/t gold (Assessment Report 21760).

Carl Schulze, BSc, PGeo, will be the Qualified Person for the Summit Lake Project.

About Solitaire Minerals Corp.

Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SLT) is a diversified Junior Canadian Mineral Exploration Company with a specific focus on precious and base metal properties in North and South America. The Company has assembled exploration projects in Ontario, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Quebec, British Columbia, and in southern Peru.

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On Behalf of the Board of Directors
"Charles Desjardins"

Charles Desjardins,
President and Director

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