La Quinta Resources Corporation

La Quinta Resources Corporation

October 16, 2007 09:30 ET

La Quinta Discovers Two Massive Quartz Vein Structures on its Kampene Gold Property, Maniema Province in Congo-DRC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2007) - La Quinta Resources Corporation, ("La Quinta" or "LAQ") (TSX VENTURE:LAQ) is announcing today the first results of its ongoing exploration program on the Kampene exploration license no. 4926, in the DRC. Work has been undertaken under a lease agreement with the Association Miniere du Kivu (AMIKI sprl) which was announced earlier this year. The work was carried by a team of four Congolese senior geologists led by a Swiss-born expatriate geological engineer. The team is supported by very efficient local workers, well trained in this rain forest environment.

The Kampene project covers 34.2 square kilometers and includes an exploitation license for gold, silver coltan (colombite-tantalite) and tin (cassiterite). Kampene has a long history of extensive artisanal mineral production dating back to the 1940's and the Belgian era, when mineral production for gold, cassiterite and coltan formed the economic basis for the formation of the town, complete with its hydro-electrical power plant, airstrip, schools, churches and hospital.

After the first seven weeks of fieldwork on the Kampene license, Phase I of the program was recently completed, consisting of a regional soil sampling investigation aimed at identifying the hard rock sources of the alluvial mineralisation mined in the past. This survey employed a grid of 400-meter spaced N-S lines with a 200-meter interval for individual samples. A total of 453 two-kilogram samples were collected, shipped by air to Kinshasa and are on their way to the ALS-Chemex laboratories in Johannesburg, South Africa for preparation and multiple element assay determinations.

At the beginning of October, a Phase II geological program was commenced. Phase II consists of the field verification of twenty (20) structural anomalies interpretated through LANDSAT Satellite imagery investigation complemented by geological mapping of the license area. The dense equatorial forest with its thick top soil cover and limited outcrop occurrence represents a very challenging work environment.

This second phase was initiated in a hilly topographical environment. Here a 220 meter-long and 20 meter-thick massive quartz vein structure was outlined. The continuous N-S trending structure dipping at 80 degrees seems to be hosted by a blackish to greenish, silicified schist. The contact zone between the host rock and the vein is not visible in outcrop and both ends of the structure are still open in length, due to a shortage of easily visible outcrop. The distribution of quartz vein boulders in the valley below the structure tends to indicate that it is much longer than observed to date.

Additionally, a second vein structure with the same orientation has been detected thirty meters east of the first massive occurrence. This structure can be followed over an initial 50 meters and shows a thickness of 2 meters at surface. Up to now, no visible gold mineralization has been detected, but seven samples were taken perpendicular to the massive vein structure for analysis (sampling interval of 3 meters) and trenching of the primary and secondary structure continues. Further, the erratic schist blocks found in the environment of these structures contains signs of intense quartz-carbonate stockwork veining. Results of assays are pending.

Theses quartz veins as well as the stockwork veining is an indication of intense hydrothermal activity probably triggered by a tectonically active zone in a high stress regime. This activity could lead the host rock to burst and implement a higher permeability area of the system. The increase of permeability would allow mineralizing hydrothermal fluids to circulate impregnating the environment. The veins identified to date, (large and small scale) as well as the silicified schist (alteration feature) are promising indications of a fluid flow regime with the potential of being mineralized (vein mineralization as well as disseminated mineralization in the host rocks). This phase of investigation is still in progress and assay results will be reported immediately, as soon as available.

La Quinta Resources Corporation, ("La Quinta" or "LAQ") acquired the Kampene Project in February 2007 (see Press Release dated February 20th 2007) and has recently (see Press Release dated October 11, 2007) applied to the TSX Venture Exchange for approval to complete the acquisition of a contiguous group of 32 exploration licences, or Permis de Recherche, in Maniema and South Kivu Provinces in South Eastern DRC, covering some 7,010 square kilometres of the highly prospective Twangiza - Namoya gold belt. In addition the Company is working in Mexico on the Orofino Project in Sonora State. A map showing the location and extent of the exploration leases; the Company's adjacent Kampene Exploration Licence area, and the overall area's relationship to the Twangiza - Namoya gold belt; plus further discussion of the initiative by La Quinta Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its gold exploration work in Mexico, can be found on the Company's web site at

Michel Cormier, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, is a Montreal-based Geological Engineer with over 33 years of exploration, operation and management experience in the industry. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Quebec, Canada and acted as the Qualified Person for this news release, being responsible for the execution and supervision of the program. He recently visited the Kampene property and the Company's Mexico operations.

This Press Release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements within, other than statements of historical fact, are to be considered forward looking. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove accurate and, therefore, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such uncertainties.

On Behalf of the board

Malcolm JA Swallow, Chairman and CEO

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

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