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January 05, 2010 09:00 ET

Torch River Resources Ltd.: Rare Earth (REE's) Mineralization Reported at Mt.Copeland

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 5, 2010) - Torch River Resources Ltd. ("Torch" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:TCR) (FRANKFURT:WNF) (PINK SHEETS:TORVF) is pleased to announce that additional geochemical analysis of 2008 core for rare earth elements (REE's) was carried out on the Mount Copeland Molybdenum Project. A total of 31 samples (41.47 meters total interval length) from 7 drill holes are being reported for rare earth elements. These samples were analyzed for Ba, K, P, Sr & Mn (in 2008). Based on anomalous values in these indicator elements, a total of 31 samples, ranging from 0.5-2.15 meters interval length, were analyzed and are being reported for rare earth elements with the following significant results:



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Nd Y Ba Nb Rb Sr Zr Ti
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SAMPLE No. ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm %
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2008 Drill Hole No.
From-To Width (m)
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013 DDH-1
51.1-53.12 2.02 109.0 51.8 980.1 304.1 161.6 3718.3 1388.8 .323
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078 DDH-2
49-50 1 188.1 122.5 317.6 280.3 67.0 2392.9 1398.7 .308
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079 DDH-2
50-52.15 2.15 75.3 56.3 779.4 204.7 178.2 3316.3 1510.5 .262
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080 DDH-2
52.15-53.3 1.15 41.6 30.1 656.3 212.5 185.7 2418.3 1529.0 .293
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098 DDH-2
100.5-102.5 2 60.6 29.7 247.0 288.0 206.9 1635.0 2984.8 .246
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138 DDH-3
51-53 2 190.2 84.1 796.6 182.9 127.2 3288.9 1635.4 .436
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140 DDH-3
55-57 2 69.6 41.1 950.1 176.7 135.8 2939.4 1321.4 .351
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143 DDH-3
60-62 2 98.6 47.0 902.1 188.7 146.4 2611.9 1084.9 .290
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145 DDH-3
63.4-63.9 0.5 36.3 18.7 261.9 133.7 227.7 2446.8 1509.7 .133
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159 DDH-3
103-105 2 76.9 41.1 351.9 131.2 214.2 1692.2 1450.6 .223
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208 DDH-4
84.1-85 0.9 113.6 42.8 840.5 248.3 181.8 2782.2 1838.1 .345
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214 DDH-4
108.2-109.35 1.15 80.3 38.5 577.2 134.3 190.4 2850.1 1463.9 .198
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216 DDH-5
11.5-12.5 1 108.7 53.6 619.7 210.5 188.4 2345.2 1673.3 .564
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217 DDH-5
12.5-13.5 1 102.7 61.3 592.6 206.5 185.3 2334.8 1698.2 .285
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218 DDH-5
13.5-14.35 0.85 111.4 62.9 591.4 223.2 197.9 1417.4 1644.5 .281
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223 DDH-5
39.78-41.25 1.47 71.9 65.2 266.8 49.5 70.5 326.9 1066.8 .560
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224 DDH-5
41.25-42.72 1.47 62.8 47.8 1500.4 160.0 241.7 690.2 1444.8 .520
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227 DDH-5
77-78 1 79.5 44.2 620.5 158.8 91.6 3637.8 1750.0 .272
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228 DDH-5
78-79 1 163.3 116.4 325.9 166.1 168.0 1935.1 1177.3 1.645
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261 DDH-5
143-145 2 35.5 13.1 243.3 243.3 226.0 1125.7 2629.9 .262
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264 DDH-5
147-148 1 134.7 36.0 213.5 236.5 164.6 1618.2 1799.4 .211
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267 DDH-5
151-152 1 21.8 14.6 248.4 167.5 224.3 883.5 2369.1 .199
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289 DDH-6
3.3-4.3 1 134.4 54.2 561.7 257.5 247.3 613.0 803.0 .384
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319 DDH-6
107.2-109.2 2 120.9 61.6 880.4 191.5 161.0 3863.5 1287.2 .319
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348 DDH-7
12.5-14.5 2 186.4 125.9 515.2 136.7 110.5 881.5 1083.0 2.012
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349 DDH-7
14.5-15.5 1 114.6 58.8 671.5 169.3 152.7 1896.1 1418.5 .432
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350 DDH-7
15.5-16.5 1 124.5 70.3 543.8 190.3 151.5 1659.3 1405.4 .272
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352 DDH-7
17.4-18.3 0.9 108.1 57.0 747.2 183.4 177.7 1617.7 1403.1 .227
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353 DDH-7
18.3-19.3 1 108.3 61.1 565.4 102.0 121.8 827.5 1046.2 .831
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354 DDH-7
19.3-21.3 2 165.5 91.2 606.6 218.4 250.0 627.9 798.8 .409
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359 DDH-7
41-42 1 122.8 93.1 750.8 68.8 124.4 371.4 490.5 .577
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The core samples are from the west Glacier Zone located 50-150 m west of the Copeland Mo underground excavation (1970-73) that produced 169,729 tonnes and recovered 2,625,046 pounds (1,190,713 kilograms) of molybdenum. When the Copeland Mine went into production in 1970, development work (diamond drilling, mapping, sampling) indicated there was 163,340 tonnes @ 1.09% Mo (Fyles, 1973).

A total of 31 select samples core sample pulps were analyzed for by lithium borate fusion with ICP-MS finish (Pioneer Labs, Richmond, BC report number 2092505). The results confirm there are elevated values of niobium, neodymium, yttrium, and rubidium (REE's), with significant zirconium and titanium (as well as barium and strontium). The following table lists average values from 31 samples that were geochemically analyzed:



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Nb Rb Nd Y Zr Sr Ba Ti
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187.9 170.3 97.1 57.8 1,487.3 1,884.9 604.1 0.441%
ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm
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The geological setting for the Copeland molybdenite occurrence is within concordant bodies of nepheline syenite gneiss that occur within the calc-silicate gneiss and marble unit. The margins of the syenite bodies are nepheline-free, which may be the result of reaction with enclosing rocks. Amphibolite grade metamorphism occurring on a regional scale at the margins of the Frenchman's Cap gneiss dome has produced sillimanite-kyanite, sillimanite, and sillimanite-potassic feldspar bearing assemblages in pelitic rocks. Calc-silicate assemblages contain diopside, garnet and actinolite. Carbonates and carbonatites are re-crystallized to medium and locally coarse-grained granoblastic marbles.

The nepheline syenite has high background values of rare earth elements such as Nb, Rb, Nd, and Y (with significant values of Zr, Sr, Ba and Ti), and management will be conducting further rare earth element exploration in the area of the molybdenite occurrence. The presence of large bodies of granoblastic marble are potential host rock for REE's and will be examined in detail in 2010.

The fieldwork carried out in 2008 and 2009 on Mount Copeland was conducted and supervised by Andris Kikauka, P.Geo., a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Kikauka has reviewed the contents of this news release.

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