TNR Gold Corp.

TNR Gold Corp.

August 31, 2010 13:58 ET

TNR Gold Corp.: 33% Increase in Project Area to 160 Square Kilometres, Mariana Lithium Brine Project, Argentina

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - TNR Gold Corp. ("TNR") (TSX VENTURE:TNR) and wholly-owned International Lithium Corp. ("ILC") (jointly the "Company") are pleased to announce the granting of an additional 4,000 hectare claim at the Mariana lithium brine project in Salta province, northwestern Argentina.

Key Highlights:

  • 40 sq km (4,000 hectares) claim granted adjacent to the east and south of Mariana claim group;
  • 33% increase in project area to 160 sq kms (16,000 hectares);
  • New claim secures prospective land area for potential future processing plant facility; and
  • $1 million drill program planned fourth Quarter 2010.

About the Mariana Project

The Mariana project, a lithium-boron-potassium salar, consists of several contiguous mineral claims covering a 160 km2 project area that strategically encompasses the entire salar and now includes a significant portion of the surrounding area to provide prospective land for a potential future processing plant facility. Salars, or salt lakes, host some of the largest known lithium, potassium, and boron resources in the world. Lithium brines with economical grades can produce cost effectively relative to other more cost intensive mine settings.

To date the Company has completed a number of phases of shallow subsurface brine sampling surveys across the salar on a 2 kilometre grid pattern. The majority of samples within the main 10 by 15 kilometre body of the salar returned values between 250-650 mg/L lithium. These lithium concentration levels are comparable to early stage results from producing salars in North and South America. In addition, the Company has conducted systematic sampling around the salar to characterize inflows and identify distinct geochemical as well as structural zones in the salar.

The Company is planning to initiate a $1 million drill program for fourth quarter 2010 on the Mariana lithium brine property in Argentina. The goals include a) geochemical characterization of the subsurface brine across different zones within the basin, b) identification of the stratigraphy for a geological model of the salar, c) identification and characterization of the aquifer potential of the basement of the salar, and d) establish a weather station and collect data on evaporation characteristics. The Company's intent is to utilize this drill program as a first step towards a resource classification of the brine.

The scale and timing of the proposed exploration programs are subject to and dependent upon the Company raising sufficient funds.

John Harrop, P.Geo, is the company's qualified person on the project as required under NI 43-101 and has reviewed the technical information contained in this press release.


The Company is a diversified international metals exploration company focusing on the continued advancement of existing properties and identifying and acquiring new prospective projects. The Company has a portfolio of 18 active projects, of which 9 rare metals projects, including Mariana, will be held or optioned to the Company's wholly owned subsidiary International Lithium Corp upon completion of a proposed plan of arrangement.

The objective of the proposed plan of arrangement is to spin out the Company's rare metals property interests into a separate public company, International Lithium Corp. This proposed plan of arrangement has been approved by the Company's shareholders and the courts of British Columbia. The Company will now proceed with the spin out and will provide updates on the progress of the spinout in further news releases. For further details of the spinout, please refer to Stockwatch news dated May 26, 2010, or visit International Lithium's website.

The recent acquisition of lithium, other rare metals and rare-earth elements projects in Argentina, Canada, USA and Ireland confirms the combined companies' commitments to generating projects, diversifying its markets, and building shareholder value.

On behalf of the board,

Gary Schellenberg, President

Statements in this press release other than purely historical information, historical estimates should not be relied upon, including statements relating to the Company's future plans and objectives or expected results, are forward-looking statements. News release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including risks inherent in resource exploration and development. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

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