Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp.
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Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp.

July 27, 2011 06:00 ET

Quantum Rare Earth Developments Intercepts 54.13 M of 1.17% Nb2O5 in Nebraska Drilling

Heavy Rare Earth Oxide Enrichment Encountered in Niobium Zone

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 27, 2011) - Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp. (TSX VENTURE:QRE)(OTCQX:QREDF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) ("Quantum", the "Company") is pleased to announce results for the first of five drill holes from the spring/summer 2011 exploration program at the Elk Creek Niobium – REE Project, located in southeastern Nebraska, USA.

Highlights from the current exploration include:

  • NEC11-01: 235.22 m of 0.73% Nb2O5 and 0.43% TREO*,
  • including 54.13 m of 1.17% Nb2O5 and 0.46% TREO; and
  • the identification of a significant zone of Middle and Heavy Rare Earth (MHREO) mineralization of between 25%° to 35% MHREO*, with notable enrichment in Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium and Dysprosium, associated with the Elk Creek Niobium Deposit.

Drill hole NEC11-001 is one of five holes recently completed at the Elk Creek Project. Three holes were completed at the Elk Creek Niobium Deposit, one hole to the south of EC-93 (155.5 m of 2.7% TREO, see news release dated March 7, 2011), and one hole to test a unique aeromagnetic anomaly. For the remaining drill holes, results will be released upon their receipt. The company anticipates the resumption of drilling during early September.

Exploration at the Elk Creek Niobium Deposit was designed to accomplish several objectives:

  1. complete in-fill and step-out drilling, to potentially upgrade the current 43-101 Resource from Inferred to Indicated;
  2. expand the known niobium resource (News Release dated April 28, 2011: 80 MT of 0.62% Nb2O5 at a 0.4% Nb2O5 cut-off); and
  3. collect sufficient sample material for the initiation of characterization and process development studies of niobium ore from Elk Creek.

Drill hole NEC11-001 was drilled at a -70° inclination at a direction of 035° to a depth of 900.38 metres (a drill plan and cross-section are available on the company's website at http://www.quantumrareearth.com). The hole was drilled within the southeastern portion of the deposit at depth; results of niobium and the rare earth elements and their ratios are as follows:


NEC11-001
FROM TO INTERVAL Nb2O5
(%)
TREO
(%)
LREO
(%)
MREO
(%)
HREO
(%)
534.75 769.97 235.22 0.73 0.43 0.33 0.056 0.053
including 565.13 619.26 54.13 1.17 0.46 0.3 0.07 0.091

NEC11-001
FROM TO MHREO
(%)
LREO/TREO
ratio
MHREO/TREO
ratio
534.75 769.97 0.109 77 25
including 565.13 619.26 0.161 65 35
LREO MREO

NEC11-001
FROM TO La2O3
(ppm)
Ce2O3
(ppm)
Pr2O3
(ppm)
Nd2O3
(ppm)
Sm2O3
(ppm)
Eu2O3
(ppm)
Gd2O3
(ppm)
534.75 769.97 945 1586 162 584 174 174 210
including 565.13 619.26 795 1425 154 608 237 119 342
HREO

NEC11-001
FROM TO Tb2O3
(ppm)
Dy2O3
(ppm)
Ho2O3
(ppm)
Er2O3
(ppm)
Tm2O3
(ppm)
Yb2O3
(ppm)
Lu2O3
(ppm)
Y2O3
(ppm)
534.75 769.97 25 93.3 12.1 22.9 2.36 12.9 1.71 357
including 565.13 619.26 42.5 159.4 20.5 37.7 3.79 20.5 2.64 620

Based on the deposits geometry, the drilled thickness is currently estimated at 60 per cent of the true thickness.

The identification of a new zone of Middle and Heavy Rare Earth Oxide (MHREO) enrichment associated with the higher grade portions of the niobium interval was identified within drill Hole NEC11-001. This zone will be further investigated via a review of mineralogy and historic results to determine its significance.

* A rigorous quality assurance and quality control protocol was established for the sampling program; and included the routine insertion of field duplicates, laboratory pulp duplicates, blanks and certified reference standards. All samples were shipped to, and analyzed by Activation Laboratories of Ancaster, ON using its method eight - major oxide, rare earths and trace element package by fusion ICP and ICP/MS in addition to niobium by XRF, and fluorine by method 4F-F.

* Total Rare Earth Oxides (TREO) include: La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3 and Y2O3.

Light Rare Earth Oxides (LREO) include: La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3 and Nd2O3.

Middle Rare Earth Oxides (MREO) include: Sm2O3, Eu2O3 and Gd2O3.

Heavy Rare Earth Oxides (HREO) include: Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3 and Y2O3.

Middle to Heavy Rare Earth Oxides (MHREO) is the sum of MHREO and HREO.

Qualified Persons: Mr. Neil McCallum, P.Geol. is the qualified persons responsible for the Elk Creek Carbonatite Project and has read and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

On Behalf of the Board,

Peter Dickie, President, CEO

Cautionary note: This report may contain forward looking statements, particularly those regarding cash flow, capital expenditures and investment plans. Resource estimates, unless specifically noted, are considered speculative. The company has filed a National Instrument 43-101 report on the Archie Lake property, on the Elk Creek Carbonatite property, and intends to file additional NI 43-101 reports on additional properties as soon as the information is available. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary Note to US investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Quantum Rare Earth Developments Corp.
    Peter Dickie
    President and CEO
    (604) 568-7365
    604-568-7506 (FAX)
    www.QuantumRareEarth.com