July 18, 2005, Vancouver, BC: El Nino Ventures Inc. is pleased to report on its preliminary exploration on the North West Zone of its Halo Uranium Project, located near Bancroft, Ontario.
As per the announcement of May 10, 2005, the Halo property is the largest of eight properties El Nino has optioned in the Bancroft region, and is the site of the bulk of the historic reserves, estimated in 1957 at 472,000 tons grading 0.112% U3O8 (not 43-101 compliant). The original showing was 36 feet of exposed pegmatitic pyroxene-rich granite, in contact with a quartzo-feldspathic gneiss striking N55W, dipping vertically. The last significant exploration on the site was a 1955 -- 56 drilling program, which included 54 holes for 24,232 feet.
El Nino's May 2005 preliminary exploration included surface stripping, geological mapping, scintillometer surveying, and sampling. The original showing in Halo's North West Zone was successfully relocated and stripped, and 16 chip samples were taken.
Numerous other openings were also made in an attempt to establish additional radioactive zones. The showing trench was found to exhibit strongly anomalous radioactivity, and the average U3O8 content is 0.074% ranging from <0.01% to 0.43%. In addition to the work on the Halo property, work was also done on the Amalgamated Rare Earth #2 property. 21 grab samples were taken from an ore dump site, with an average uranium content of 0.054%.
Consulting geologist, T.J. Beesley, P.Eng., has recommended a budget of $125,000 for diamond drilling and assaying in Halo's North West Zone, in order to establish the continuity of the deposit at depth, and expand and quantify the historically estimated tonnage and grade of the uranium mineralization. This program is slated to begin in the fall of 2005, and will also include a similar follow up program on the results from the Amalgamated Rare Earth #2 preliminary exploration.
Other areas of the Bancroft properties have been examined and are scheduled for further evaluation, including Halo's Lake Zone, and the Canada Radium Mine.
The Qualified Person for this release is T.J. Beesley, P.Eng.
About El Nino Ventures Inc.
El Nino is an exploration stage company whose ongoing two-part exploration strategy is first, the acquisition of molybdenum and uranium projects, and second, the acquisition of more advanced-stage mineral projects which have the potential to generate early positive cash flow.
On behalf of the board of directors
Harry Barr, President
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