Mr. Larry W. Reaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc. (“American Manganese” or the “Company”), (TSX.V: AMY; OTC US: AMYZF), is pleased to announce the highlights of the geochemical prospecting program carried out on its Lonnie and Virgil Rare Earth Metals project, located about 140 km north of Fort St. James, British Columbia.
A total of 8 rock chip and 106 soil samples where taken from two areas surrounding known mineralization. The first was a 0.2 km X 0.15 km area centered on the Virgil trenches and the second was 1.4 km X 0.5 km area encompassing the Lonnie mineral occurrence. Of the 8 rock chip samples, 7 consisted of angular shaped, sub-crop boulders and cobbles float.
Rock and soil samples were prepared and analyzed by Pioneer Labs Inc of Richmond, British Columbia. The analytical method used was lithium borate fusion, acid dissolution and ICPMS analysis for rare earth elements (excluding Promethium). Trace elements of Uranium (U), Thorium (Th), Yttrium (Y), Barium (Ba), Niobium (Nb), Rubidium (Rb), Strontium (Sr), Tantalum (Ta), Zirconium (Zr) & Titanium (Ti) were also analyzed and results are shown in certificate numbers 2102680.
One rock chip sample contains elevated values of rare earth elements Cerium (Ce), Lanthanum (La) and Neodymium (Nd), and is summarized below:
Additional follow-up work planned for Virgil and Lonnie will include detailed geological mapping, geochemical sampling, magnetometer geophysical surveys, and core drilling. Fieldwork and data compilation of Lonnie-Virgil mineral tenures was carried out by Andris Kikauka, P.Geo., a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101.
About Rare Earths:
China dominates rare earths production (93%) and consumption. China has placed quotas on the export of rare earths resulting in a panic by end users, increased exploration and company’s such as the Boeing Company contracting out their technology to aid in exploration of rare earth deposits. The critical situation in Rare Earths was first brought to public attention by Keith Bradsher, New York Times correspondent, in August 2009. Neodymium is identified as one of the more critical rare earths.
About American Manganese Inc:
American Manganese Inc. is a diversified specialty and critical metal Company focusing on potentially becoming the lowest cost producer of electrolytic manganese from its Arizona Manganese Project.
This release has been reviewed by Andris Kikauka, P.Geo, a qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101.
On behalf of Management
AMERICAN MANGANESE INC.
Larry W. Reaugh
President and Chief Executive Officer