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September 21, 2010, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce assay results of playa sediment samples collected at the Teels Marsh Project, Mineral County, Nevada, have revealed highly anomalous lithium values ranging from 55.7 to 298 parts per million (ppm). Results show stronger values near the western and eastern edges of the playa, possibly indicating concentration due to upwelling brines at the contact between more permeable alluvium and less permeable playa silts and evaporates. The company has an option with First Lithium Resources (MCI-TSX:V) whereby First Lithium can earn up to an 80% interest in the Teels Marsh project (see news release February 25, 2010), with First Lithium as operator of the project.
Surface lithium values are consistent with those reported by the USGS from drilling in the Clayton Valley lithium brine field (OFR 82-415), North America’s only current producer.
Samples were collected about 0.5 meters below the salt crust in damp to water saturated fine grained sediment. Samples were air dried and sieved to -80 mesh by ALS Chemex at their Winnemucca, Nevada sample preparation facility. The samples were analyzed by Chemex using an Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometer technique following a four-acid “near total” digestion method.
Exploration at the Teels Marsh project is ongoing. The results of the surface sampling will assist in determining the Company’s best course for future action. Options include geophysical methods to locate potential brine traps, additional geochemical methods to identify zones of brine upwelling, and/or the drilling of a test well.
The analysis of the samples was supervised by First Lithium’s Nevada based consulting geologist Alan J. Morris (CPG #10550) a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Morris has approved the technical information contained in this report.
Ashburton Ventures is a junior exploration company actively seeking mineral opportunities for the benefit of all its stakeholders. For more information visit the Company’s website located at www.ashburtonventures.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Michael England, President
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