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Hinterland Begins Exploration Work at Kipawa Rare Earth Project in Western Quebec

VAL D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Hinterland Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HMI) is pleased to announce that exploration work is well underway at the 306-claim (17,826ha) Kipawa Rare Earth Element ("REE") project. The Kipawa area, located 140km south of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec and 90km north-east of North Bay, Ontario, has long been known for its REE-zircon-yttrium potential generally related to the Kipawa Syenite Complex ("KSC"). The KSC occurs as a 100 to 300m thick, sheet-like body which can be traced around an arc-like structure for almost 100km.
The present Kipawa property is situated approximately 30km due west of the Zeus REE-zircon-yttrium deposit held by Matamec Explorations Inc. In June 2010 Matamec announced that an independent resource estimation has defined an indicated resource of 3.35 million tonnes at a grade of 0.58% total rare earth oxides ("TREO") with 0.89% zirconium and an inferred resource of 6.48 million tonnes at a grade of 0.60% TREO with 0.99% zirconium (Matamec News Release - June 3, 2010).
Hinterland's current exploration program will involve extensive, detailed, deep auger-type soil geochemical sampling at a number of locations identified through a compilation of government stream sediment data to have anomalously high, coincident yttrium, samarium, europium, and cerium values. This type of soil sampling has proven by Hinterland to be an effective method for identifying prospective REE targets. On the Lachine block, one strong, circular anomaly was detected with combined REE values up to 1835ppm as well as five other spot anomalies (Hinterland News Release - April 20, 2010). On the Atwater block, three linear anomalies were detected with combined REE values up to 1091ppm.
"Our initial sampling work was very wide spaced. We intend to nail down the REE mineralization with this tighter sampling pattern," explains Mark Fekete, P.Geo: President, CEO and designated "qualified person" as defined in Section 1.2 in and for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the technical content of this release.
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