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VANCOUVER, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Rara Terra Minerals Corp. ("Rara Terra"
or "the Company"), is pleased to announce that it has entered into
agreements with two vendors to purchase their 100% interests in several
Rare Earth exploration properties in Northern British Columbia (the
"Acquisition"). The combined properties comprising 7,124.6 hectares
and representing 28 claim blocks are located within the Kechika Range
of the Cassiar Mountains.
The claims lie within an area containing a suite of alkaline igneous
rocks consisting of syenites, carbonatites and various other alkaline
diatremes and their related dykes and tuff breccias. Throughout the
region numerous strongly sheared and altered rocks, and outcrops are
present. Portions of this aggregated claim group have been
periodically explored since 1988 for their Yttrium ("Y") and Rare Earth
Element ("REE") potential.
Rara Terra's CEO, Christopher Eccelstone, stated: "We are pleased to
have acquired a significant land package in and around areas previously
displaying excellent rare earth values and interesting minerologies.
It is our intention to mobilize a geological team to the Kechika region
later this summer to confirm information contained in the BC Geological
survey database and to define our own exploration programs."
Terms of the Acquisition
The Acquisition has been arranged with two vendors in separate
transactions under agreements between Rara Terra and each vendor.
Under the terms of the agreements, David A. Heyman will receive a total
of $47,000 and 175,000 common shares of Rara Terra over a period of two
years and Casper K. Bych will receive a total of $106,000 and 190,000
common shares of Rara Terra over a period of one year.
Rara Terra will also grant Mr. Heyman a 0.5% net smelter return royalty
(the "NSR Royalty") with respect to production from his claims to be
payable following commencement of commercial production. The NSR
Royalty may be repurchased by Rara Terra, or its permitted assign, by
paying $250,000 to Mr. Heyman.
There are no finder's fees or exploration work commitments associated
with the Acquisition, which remains subject to regulatory approval.
The claims associated with the Acquisition are situated in the Kechika
River-Terminus Mountain area, Liard Mining Division, Northern British
Columbia and are located on N.T.S. map areas 94L-11W1/2 and 94L-12E1/2
(approximately 58° 43' N. Lat. and 127° 32' W. Long). They are
accessible by helicopter from Watson Lake, YT, or Dease Lake, BC.
See map on Rara Terra's website: http://www.raraterra.com/news/supportdocs/xenoclaimmap.pdf
Spanning a 35-40 km tectonically complex belt of metamorphosed
sedimentary rocks of varying grade, the regional area is characterized
by numerous faults, including several thrust faults, which have a
general north-westerly trend typical of the Rocky Mountain Rare Metal
Belt, which is the large region in BC consisting of carbonatites,
nepheline and sodalite syenites, gneisses and related alkaline rocks
stretching in a broad zone parallel to, and on either side of, the
Rocky Mountain Trench (Pell, 1989).
In addition to historical assays, the presence of several distinct
geological features within the greater region supports rare earth
mineralization. These features include:
Syenites: Syenites are known to be present along the general trend.
These syenites are intrusive bodies and are usually elongated stocks or
dykes. Fluorite veins and shear zones within the syenites may contain
Mottled Phyllites: These rocks are fine-grained, extremely fissile and
micaceous, and are often associated with other alkaline rocks in the
area. Certain minerals in these rocks, notably monazite and xenotime,
are known sources of REEs.
Diatreme Breccia, Tuff Breccia, Related Dykes: Complex diatremes,
containing a number of breccia phases, related pyroclastic tuffs and
breccia dykes crop out in the region. Some of the diatreme crosscuts
many of the various rock types in the area and host a stockwork of
fluorite-carbonate veins in some areas. These veins, and the fenitized
host rock, could be potential sources of REEs.
Carbonatites: Fine-grained, igneous carbonate rocks are present within
the region. Small portions of some carbonatites have been examined
previously and they occur as relatively thin dykes and cross cut both
alkaline intrusive rocks and carbonate host rocks. While relatively
small in terms of volume, these dykes do have REE content.
Generally referred to as "Xeno", after samples of Xenotime (Yttrium
Phosphate, YPO4) found in the region, this area has been explored since 1986 by various
groups, originally for diamonds, then later for REEs.
Numerous rock samples and stream silt samples were previously collected
and analyzed for Ce, La, and Y by X-ray fluorescence and/or 17 element
neutron activation analysis (Ce, Dy, Er, Eu, Gd, Ho, La, Lu, Nd, Pr,
Sc, Sm, Tb, Th, Tm, U, Yb). The results generally indicated significant
REE enrichment as well as the presence of Y and Th.
Some relevant highlights from local area occurrences (marked by red
squares on map) include the following:
RAR 5 Zone: The RAR 5 zone has been identified as containing a
carbonatite diatreme breccia complex exposed over a length of 350m with
an average exposed width of 25m. The zone remains open in all
directions including towards the claims being acquired by Rara Terra.
Samples averaged 3,747 g/t total rare earth oxides ("REOs"), and assay
highlights included an average grade of 386 g/t Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3), 1,689 g/t Cerium oxide (CeO2), and 1,295 g/t Lanthanum oxide (La2O3). Three of 34 samples were assayed for Scandium and averaged 15 g/t -
(BC Geological Survey Branch Assessment Reports 15220 and 16420).
RAR 3 Zone: The zone (approximately 300m in length and averaging 12m in
width) is comprised of sheared carbonatite schist with semi-continuous
carbonate-quartz-pyrite boudins which occur in areas of strong shearing
and increased schistocity. These particular zones appear to be
significantly enriched in REEs. 10 chip samples across the width of the
zone averaged 2,116 g/t total REOs, and assay highlights included an
average grade of 185 g/t Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3), 968 g/t Cerium oxide (CeO2), and 744 g/t Lanthanum oxide (La2O3). Two samples were assayed for Scandium and averaged 12 g/t - (BC
Geological Survey Branch Assessment Report 26853).
RAR 4/RAR 6 Zones: The RAR 4 zone is approximately 1 km east-southeast
of the RAR 3 zone. Mapping and petrographical work done concluded that
the zone consists of a syenite intrusive complex. The syenite complex
is exposed over a length of 300m with an average width of 40-50m and
appears to cut a silicified carbonatized, mafic, laminated tuff. The
zone remains open along its length although it disappears under a
thrust of Precambrian schist to the northwest. The southeastern
extension of the zone, approximately 1km from the main RAR 4 zone, is
known as the RAR 6 zone. The width of the syenite complex in the RAR 6
zone is up to 200m. Regional samples averaged 1,214 g/t total REOs,
and assay highlights included an average grade of 167 g/t Neodymium
oxide (Nd2O3), 538 g/t Cerium oxide (CeO2), and 329 g/t Lanthanum oxide (La2O3) - (BC Geological Survey Branch Assessment Report 26853).
Rara Terra's qualified person, Robert Friesen, PGeo, has read and
approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release based
on information provided by BC Geological Survey Branch assessment
reports. Note that reported sample results could not be verified for
this release and therefore may not be NI 43-101 compliant.
Acquisition of Las Chacras Update
Management continues to make progress regarding completion of the
acquisition of the Las Chacras property located in the province of San
Luis, Argentina, from Golden Santa Cruz SA as described in news
releases on February 10, 2011 and April 7, 2011.
About Rara Terra Minerals Corp.
Rara Terra is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company
focussed on Rare Earth Elements (REEs). Rara Terra is seeking to
identify and develop REE deposits characterized by less common
mineralization. These unique deposits will bear those specific REEs
that are widely agreed to have the strongest mid to long term
technological relevance and sustainable economic value.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
RARA TERRA MINERALS CORP.
Per: "Fraser Atkinson"
Chairman and Director
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reflect the expectations of management regarding Rara Terra Minerals
Corp. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not
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anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do
occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them.
SOURCE Rara Terra Capital Corporation
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