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August 6, 2008
Manicouagan Intercepts 2.34% Nickel and 0.97% Copper over 5.47 metres in First Hole Drilled on HPM/Forgues Property

TORONTO: Pure Nickel Inc. (TSX-NIC, OTCBB-PNCKF) is pleased to report that the Optionee of its HPM/Forgues property, Manicouagan Minerals Inc. (TSXV -- MAM) announced today assay results for the first two drill holes from its ongoing diamond drill program on the HPM/Forgues property in Mid-North Quebec.  Two confirmatory drill holes were completed to verify past results reported by Xstrata Nickel (formerly Falconbridge Limited) in 2001 and Rockwell Ventures in 2002 (see Manicouagan Press Releases dated July 15, April 23 and February 21, 2008). 

HPM-08-01 drilled in the vicinity of drill hole F151-01, intersected a 5.47 metre interval of massive sulphides between 78.60 metres and 84.70 metres downhole which assayed 2.34% nickel and 0.97% copper.

HPM-08-02 drilled from the same set-up intersected a 7.47 metre interval of massive sulfides and mineralized gabbronorite from 87.79 metres to 95.26 metres downhole which assayed 1.59% nickel and 0.76% copper.  Results are tabulated below:

 

Hole ID

Sample No.

 

From

(m)

To

(m)

Length

(m)*

Ni (%)

(ppm)

Cu (%)

(ppm)

Co

(ppm)

HPM-08-01

264122

78.60

79.22

0.62

2.49

1.30

1260

HPM-08-01

264123

79.22

79.82

0.60

2.49

2.19

1230

HPM-08-01

264124

79.82

80.42

0.60

2.57

0.78

1270

HPM-08-01

264125

80.42

81.00

0.58

2.23

0.94

1350

HPM-08-01

264126

81.00

81.70

0.70

2.28

0.62

1190

HPM-08-01

264127

81.70

82.43

0.73

2.12

0.80

1230

HPM-08-01

264128

82.43

82.87

0.44

2.41

0.62

1260

HPM-08-01

264129

82.87

83.45

0.58

2.38

0.68

1210

HPM-08-01

264130

83.45

84.07

0.62

2.16

0.78

1150

HPM 08 01

Interval

78.60

84.07

5.47

2.34

0.97

1237

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HPM-08-02

264136

87.79

88.13

0.34

2.20

1.97

1390

HPM-08-02

264137

88.13

88.95

0.82

(1340)**

(560)**

100

HPM-08-02

264138

88.95

89.45

0.50

2.48

1.08

1410

HPM-08-02

264139

89.45

89.85

0.40

2.18

0.79

1150

HPM-08-02

264140

89.85

90.46

0.61

RP

RP

RP

HPM-08-02

264141

90.46

91.01

0.55

2.18

1.13

1150

HPM-08-02

264142

91.01

91.69

0.68

2.08

2.25

1220

HPM-08-02

264143

91.69

91.82

0.13

(2860)**

(3410)**

140

HPM-08-02

264144

91.82

92.24

0.42

1.96

1.01

1120

HPM-08-02

264145

92.24

92.91

0.67

2.05

0.86

1230

HPM-08-02

264146

92.91

93.07

0.16

(4620)**

(1470)**

240

HPM-08-02

264147

93.07

93.52

0.45

2.51

(3110)**

1230

HPM-08-02

264148

93.52

93.91

0.39

0.83

0.99

360

HPM-08-02

264149

93.91

94.55

0.64

2.27

(2780)**

1180

HPM-08-02

264150

94.55

94.74

0.19

(1580)**

(200)**

120

HPM-08-02

264151

94.74

95.26

0.52

2.01

(3020)**

1160

HPM 08 02

Interval

87.79

95.26

7.47

1.59

0.76

885

*True width unknown

**Trace element analysis results used to calculate intercept values pending receipt of assay results

RP: Results pending, zero value was used to calculate intercept

All samples were also analyzed for gold, platinum and palladium which in certain instances are present in insignificant amounts.

A composite drill section showing Manicouagan's drill holes HPM-08-01 and HPM-08-02 together with the past results reported by Xstrata Nickel and Rockwell Ventures is below.

Confirmation Drilling Section



The HPM/Forgues property is located some 160 kilometres east-southeast of the Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE property.  It is situated in NTS 22 O/11and 22 O/12 and lies just east of highway 389, which runs between Baie-Comeau and Fermont, Quebec.

Manicouagan has an option agreement with Pure Nickel Inc. pursuant to which it can earn up to a 70% interest in 39 mining claims forming the HPM/Forgues property optioned from Pure Nickel as well as any additional claims acquired by either party within a five kilometre radius of the outer boundaries of the 39 claims.  Xstrata Nickel retains certain back-in and other rights with respect to the HPM/Forgues property.  Full details of the option agreement with Pure Nickel and the rights of Xstrata are set out in Manicouagan's Press Release of November 6, 2007.

Since acquiring the option in 2007 Manicouagan has map staked an additional 246 claims in the vicinity of the HPM/Forgues property.

Diamond drilling is continuing at HPM/Forgues to follow-up and expand upon significant nickel-copper mineralization that was intersected during a program of limited drill testing by Xstrata Nickel in 2001 and Rockwell Ventures in 2002.  Manicouagan expects to complete approximately 6,000 metres of drilling during this summer's field programs on HPM/Forgues and its other Mid-North Quebec exploration properties.  A sketch showing the location of Manicouagan's Mid-North Quebec exploration properties is below.



Final results from the recently completed 6,400 line kilometre AeroTEM II (airborne electromagnetic and magnetic) survey (See Manicouagan Press Releases of May 14, 2008 and April 23, 2008) remain pending. Preliminary results indicate the presence of numerous conductors on the property, which are currently being prospected and prioritized for grid emplacement to facilitate ground geophysical surveys and to define potential drill targets. The priority areas are within the 138.56 square kilometre HPM/Forgues Nickel property as well as the 247 square kilometre Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE property. In addition, the existing grid on the Falconbridge/Rockwell Ventures occurrence has been brushed out and ground geophysical surveys are in progress.

Gold, platinum and palladium concentrations are determined by fire assay using a 30 gram split mixed with fire assay fluxes and fused at 1100ºC for one hour.  After cooling the lead button is separated from the slag and cupelled at 960ºC to recover the silver (doré bead) plus gold, platinum and palladium.  The silver doré bead is digested in hot (95ºC) nitric and hydrochloric acid.  After cooling for 2 hours the sample solution is analyzed for gold, platinum and palladium by ICP/OES. Nickel, copper and cobalt concentrations are first determined by AAS initially using a 1 gram sample digested in aqua regia.  In those samples where any one of the nickel, copper or cobalt concentrations as determined exceed 5,000 parts per million (equivalent to 0.5%) samples are assayed for nickel, copper and cobalt by using a 0.5 gram sample using a four acid digestion with hydrofluoric, nitric, perchloric and hydrochloric acids.  Analytical services are provided by TSL Laboratories of Saskatoon a full description of the laboratory's analytical procedures may be viewed on their website at www.tsllabs.com.

Exploration programs on the HPM/Forgues and the Company's Mid-North Quebec properties are being carried out under the direct supervision of Francois Bissonnette, P.Geo., Senior Project Geologist.

Manicouagan's exploration programs are being carried out under the supervision of Rod Thomas, Vice President - Exploration of the Company. Mr. Thomas, a professional geologist, has reviewed and verified the technical content of this press release on behalf of Manicouagan Minerals and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

About Pure Nickel Inc.: 

Pure Nickel is a mineral exploration company with a diverse collection of advanced multiple nickel sulphide and PGE projects in Canada and Alaska.  The Company's 2008 exploration program is underway on multiple properties and is fully funded. 

About Manicouagan Minerals Inc.:

Manicouagan Minerals Inc. is a Canadian based exploration company with a diversified portfolio of Canadian exploration properties including the Brabant Lake Zinc/Copper deposit in Saskatchewan and the Mouchalagane Nickel/Copper/PGE project in Quebec.

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of the Company are forward looking statements that involve various risks.  The following are important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements: changes in the world wide price of mineral commodities, general market conditions, risks inherent in mineral exploration, risks associated with development, construction and mining operations, the uncertainty of future profitability and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events may differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Pure Nickel undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 


For further information:
The Howard Group
Jeff Walker
Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915
Email: info@howardgroupinc.com
Website: www.howardgroupinc.com             

Pure Nickel Inc.
David McPherson
President & CEO
T. (416) 644-0066
Email:

Website: www.purenickel.com



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