Mariano to Join Ucore Advisory Board
August 12, 2009 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ucore Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: UCU; the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Anthony Mariano, Ph.D., has agreed to join the Company’s Advisory Board. Dr. Mariano has studied rare earth element (REE) mineralization on multiple continents, and is a recognized authority on REE mineralogy and deposits at a world level. He has consulted in the fields of rare element and specialty metal geosciences on behalf of such organizations as the United Nations, Molycorp Inc. and CBMM.
Dr. Mariano has nearly 50 years experience as a consultant, exploration geologist, senior earth scientist and adjunct professor. His rare earth – related field experience extends to 52 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, as well as Greenland, New Guinea and the Dominican Republic. He has organized and supervised exploration programs for the discovery of carbonatites and genetically related igneous rocks worldwide, and his recent field missions have included the examination of rare earth deposits in East and West Africa, Brazil, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Mongolia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, USA and Canada. Dr. Mariano originally examined the Alaska-based Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth deposit in 1988 on behalf of Molycorp, and has significant knowledge of the rare earth mineralization at that location.
Dr. Mariano has authored numerous technical publications, patents and papers on characteristics and methodologies of analyzing rare earths, receiving publication in leading trade publications such as American Mineralogist. His research has extended to field and laboratory studies in the South China REE ion-adsorbed clays, the evaluation of ore deposits formed by supergene enrichment processes in areas of extreme lateritic weathering, and REE analysis technologies such as cathode ray luminescence. Dr. Mariano was instrumental in the original delineation of rare earth minerals at one of the world’s largest rare earth deposits at Mt. Weld, Australia. In 2008, Dr. Mariano was accorded the naming of a newly identified mineral in his honour, Marianoite, a member of the cuspidine group of minerals.
Dr. Mariano will bring his experience to bear on the understanding of the Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth project, including mineralogy, characterization, core and surface sample analysis, and the active ongoing selection of exploration targets. The Dotson Ridge prospect is one of only a few heavy rare earth-prospective targets outside of the South China ionic clays, an area that has been studied by Dr. Mariano.
“We’re honoured to have the participation of such a recognized member of what amounts to a very small group of international rare earth experts,” said Jim McKenzie. “Dr. Mariano is one of only a handful of individuals with hands-on experience in the development of some of the world’s most significant REE deposits. His specialized knowledge will be invaluable to the advancement of Bokan-Dotson Ridge as we move ahead.”
Ucore Uranium Inc. is a junior exploration company focused on establishing rare earth, uranium, and associated resources through exploration and property acquisition. With a portfolio of projects, Ucore’s primary focus is the Bokan- Dotson Ridge rare earth element and uranium property in southeast Alaska.
For further information, please contact Mr. Jim McKenzie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ucore Uranium Inc. at: (902) 482-5214.
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