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Hathor Exploration Limited

August 06, 2008 17:41 ET

Hathor Exploration Limited: Base Metal and Gold Analysis From Winter Drill Program at Midwest NorthEast Uranium Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - Hathor Exploration Limited (HAT-TSX.V) is pleased to announce that it has received additional base and precious metals geochemical results for drill core samples from the extensive uranium mineralization intersected in the winter 2008 drill program on its 90%-owned Midwest NorthEast project. This data adds considerable "geological support" for the potential to develop significant unconformity-style uranium resources at the Roughrider Zone. While uranium is by far the most significant economic component of this mineralization the other metal values confirm important characteristics shared with other "supersized" uranium deposits to the south in the Midwest Lake string of deposits.

Metals such as nickel ("Ni"), cobalt ("Co"), lead ("Pb"), and molybdenum ("Mo") are commonly associated with unconformity-style uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin. For example, at the planned open-pit Midwest mine of AREVA Resources Canada Inc., Denison Mines Corp. and OURD Canada Co. Ltd. NI 43-101 compliant Probable Ore Reserves of 345,500 tonnes at an average grade of 5.47% U3O8, 4.37% Ni, and 0.33% Co are reported. This sandstone-hosted ore deposit, located about 5 km southwest of Hathor's Roughrider Zone, consists primarily of uranium oxides (uraninite and pitchblende) together with a suite of Ni-Co arsenides, sulphides and sulpharsenides in a clay-altered matrix.

Precious metals may also be important constituents of these rich, metal-diverse Athabasca uranium ore deposits. Gold was recovered, as a by-product, at AREVA's former Cluff Lake mining operations where about 62.5 million pounds U3O8 were produced.

At Roughrider Zone, examples of the ranges of base metal mineralization (over significant core intervals) associated with uranium mineralization are outlined in Table 1. For individual samples, base metal results were as high as: Cobalt 2.47%, Copper 9.50%, Molybdenum 2.81%, Nickel 19.20, Lead 12.10%, and Zinc 5.39%.

Gold values from individual samples were as high as 6.63 grams/tonne. Examples of gold values from core intervals at Roughrider Zone are outlined in Table 2.

Dr. Alistair McCready, Hathor's Senior Project Geologist, commented: "The base and precious metal geochemical results, together with the large-scale, extremely intense alteration that we are seeing in drill core, imply that the uranium-mineralizing event at Roughrider Zone was probably very long-lived with significant fluid flow through the system. This greatly increases the potential for Hathor's property to contain significant, unconformity-style uranium mineralization at/or above the unconformity; similar to what is seen at AREVA's polymetallic Midwest A ("Mae") Zone located 1,800 m to the southwest."

All samples were analyzed by ICP-OES at the Geoanalytical Laboratories of the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). The facilities used for the analysis operate in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E), general requirements for the competence of mineral testing and calibration laboratories. Standards Council of Canada Scope of accreditation # 537).



Table 1: Examples of Roughrider Zone Uranium & Base Metal Mineralization
from Winter 2008 Drilling

Drill From To Interval U3O8 Co Cu Mo Ni Pb Zn
Hole (m) (m) (i) (m) (wt%) wt% wt% wt% wt% wt% wt%
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MWNE-08-12 242.0 245.3 3.3 1.16 0.38 0.20 0.53 3.02 0.18 0.00
MWNE-08-12 261.5 273.4 11.9 5.29 0.05 0.12 0.35 0.04 1.33 0.06
MWNE-08-12 284.0 287.0 3.0 0.21 0.93 0.03 0.05 0.42 0.05 1.35
MWNE-08-16 228.2 235.6 7.4 1.55 0.33 0.10 0.21 0.51 0.35 0.06
MWNE-08-18 234.3 234.9 0.6 9.55 0.59 0.37 0.71 16.90 0.79 0.20
including 234.5 234.7 0.2 16.20 0.60 0.39 0.13 19.20 1.32 0.29
MWNE-08-20 249.5 264.0 15.0 10.02 0.29 1.70 0.09 0.21 1.09 0.12
including 257.0 259.0 2.0 43.85 0.17 3.33 0.10 0.37 4.88 0.15
MWNE-08-21 241.0 250.0 9.0 10.06 0.04 0.44 0.41 0.02 0.73 0.02
including 245.5 248.5 3.0 22.72 0.06 0.90 0.35 0.04 1.64 0.03

(i) All intersections are down-hole, core interval measurements and true
thicknesses are yet to be determined


Table 2: Select Examples of Roughrider Zone Gold Mineralization from Winter
2008 Drilling

Drill From To Interval Gold
Hole (m) (m) (i) (m) (grams)
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MWNE-08-12 244.5 245.0 0.5 4.71
261.5 263.0 1.5 2.78
272.6 273.0 0.4 4.74
MWNE-08-16 234.2 235.4 1.2 2.99
including 234.2 234.6 0.4 6.63
MWNE-08-20 257.0 259.0 2.0 2.97
including 258.0 258.5 0.5 4.10
MWNE-08-21 245.5 246.5 1.0 1.25
MWNE-08-21 262.5 264.0 1.5 1.47
MWNE-08-28 223.5 224.0 0.5 2.11

(i) All intersections are down hole, core interval measurements and true
thicknesses are yet to be determined


Hathor holds a 90% interest in the Midwest NorthEast property and Terra Ventures Inc. (TAS-TSX.V) owns a 10% carried interest.

With capital resources of more than $27 million, Hathor continues to aggressively advance its portfolio of Athabasca region uranium exploration projects. This area accounts for approximately 25% of the world's annual mine production of uranium, all of which comes from unconformity-style uranium ore deposits, the highest-grade in the world.

Benjamin Ainsworth, P.Eng, a director of the company and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

Hathor Exploration Limited

Stephen G. Stanley, Director

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