El Niño Ventures Inc. Reports Soil Geochemistry Sampling Results on the Kasala Copper Project -- DRC
ELN News March 11 2010
March 11, 2010, Vancouver, Canada. El Niño Ventures Inc. ("ELN" or the "Company") (TSX.V: ELN; FSE: E7Q)
is pleased to announce the results of a 4071 sample soil geochemical sampling program from the Kasala Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the "DRC"). Kasala Block A was the subject of the Company's 2008 drill campaign. 35 Reverse Circulation (R.C.) drill holes totaling 3,336 meters and 15 diamond drill holes totaling 2,584 meters were completed on Kasala Block A leading to the discovery of significant copper mineralization.
Although the Company has reduced the number of projects in the DRC, including the Phoenix Project, the Kasala Project continues to be the Company's main project.
The Soil geochemical sampling program was undertaken to test numerous targets south and east of the Kasala Blocks A, B and C and expand upon the area of soil geochemistry coverage on the exploration permit. Sampling had commenced in December 2009 and was completed in late January 2010; chemical analysis of the soil samples was completed by late February 2010. The sampling utilized Quality Alliance and Quality Control protocols established during previous soil geochemical sampling programs on the project.
The sampling program has identified three new copper-in-soil anomalies (Figure 1, below) which warrant additional investigation. The presence of a narrow (150 to 200 meters in width) anomalous zone exceeding 1,200 meters in length has been identified approximately 2 kilometers southeast of Kasala Block A. This copper-in-soil anomaly corresponds to a Total Count radiometric anomaly (identified during the Company's 2007 airborne geophysical program) which is believed to result from potassic alteration of rocks of the Roan Supergroup in contact with rocks of the Kundelungu Supergroup. (See Figure 1)
Figure 1: Map showing copper-in-soil values for El Niño Ventures Inc's recently completed soil geochemical sampling program. This program has identified three new copper-in-soil anomalies which are considered significant targets for further evaluation
An anomaly in the northeast of the survey area is of a lower order of copper mineralization but, notably, shows a high degree of correlation with the western terminus of a strong Total Count radiometric anomaly which exceeds 3 kilometers in length, and it is felt that this radiometric anomaly may represent an important target for additional work. The recent soil sampling was limited from proceeding further to the east in this area by the presence of a marsh thus other sampling techniques are being considered for use in subsequent programs.
The third new copper-in-soil anomaly is being referred to as the Kasala Western Extension. It is immediately west and south of Kasala Block A. Kasala Western Extension is a high order copper anomaly with a known length of approximately 550 meters. As with the northeastern anomaly, soil sampling in this area could not proceed further to the west due to the presence of a marsh.
ELN is considering additional geochemical sampling programs on these three new copper anomalies. The additional programs may also include infill soil sampling, pitting, trenching, termite mound sampling and/or auger drilling (particularly in marshy areas) to better define the extent and nature of the mineralization, and allow the Company to prioritize future drill programs across these zones.
About El Niño Ventures Inc.
El Niño Ventures is a mineral exploration company, focused on copper/cobalt exploration in the DRC (see releases January 12, 2009 and February 25, 2009). The Company holds a 50% interest in an extensive base metal project located within the Bathurst mining camp in Ontario, Canada. El Niño entered into an option agreement with Votorantim Metals Canada Inc. and Xstrata Zinc Canada whereby Votorantim may earn a 50% interest in El Niño's landholdings by expending $10 million over 5 years and may further increase its interest in El Niño's landholdings to 70% by expending an additional $10 million over a further two years. Please see release dated August 6, 2009.
Allan Lines (P.Geo.) is the Qualified Person responsible for reviewing the technical results in this release.
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Harry Barr, Chairman
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