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Quest and Partner Search Minerals Drills New REE Zone South of the B-Zone, Returns 1.78% TREO Over 24.0 M, Strange Lake Area, Labrador

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 06/08/11) - Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX-V:QRM - News)(AMEX:QRM - News), along with its exploration partner Search Minerals Inc. (TSX-V:SMY - News), is pleased to report the first results from a diamond drilling program completed on the Alterra (Search) Strange Lake Option Project (see Figure 1). Final lab results for holes ALT-11-001 to ALT-11-004 have returned high-grade Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) intersections of between 1.10% and 4.37% over thicknesses of between 1.15 m to 46.0 m. Heavy Rare Earth Oxide (HREO) represents between 38.5% and 70.4% of the TREO content intersected in the new drilling. Best intersection grades returned 1.13% TREO over 48.0 m (ALT11002), including 1.78% TREO over 24.0 m and 2.37% TREO over 14.7 m ; 1.10% TREO over 6.7 m (ALT11003) and including 1.15% TREO over 5.1 m. Important enrichment in zirconium (ZrO2), niobium (Nb2O5) and hafnium (HfO2) characterizes the mineralization. The detailed drill sample analysis table is available on Quest's website homepage at www.questrareminerals.com."Our Alterra Option Property drilling has now confirmed Quest's belief that significant new areas of rare earth mineralization remain to be discovered within the host Strange Lake Granite," said Peter Cashin, Quest's President & CEO. "Our exploration efforts will now focus on firming up this important new mineralized area, which remains open to the northeast and towards the southeast. Three additional new mineralized areas remain to be drill tested and will be the focus of our future efforts to identify additional high-grade deposits."Jim Clucas, President and CEO of Search Minerals adds, "These are excellent results, which bear further investigation. We are encouraged to note that the A-Zone may be connected to other zones in the area."Alterra (Search) Option Property Winter Drill ProgramAssays have been received from four diamond drill holes of the winter program representing 310.3 m (see Figure 2, Table 1). The drilling program tested an area of surface mineralization know as the A-Zone, located approximately three-km south-southeast of Quest's B-Zone REE deposit. The drill results have confirmed the presence of strong, near-surface pegmatite- and aplite-style REE mineralization and justify further drill investigation of the area. Drilling indicates the occurrence to be a set of relatively flat dipping horizontal sheets. The mineralization has been defined over vertical thicknesses of almost 46.0 m.The results from diamond drilling on the program (see Table 1 for drillhole locations) are:

 

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HREO/TREO
Borehole From (m) To (m) Length (m) TREO% LREO% HREO% %
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ALT11001 2.00 84.00 82.00 0.49 0.30 0.19 38.75
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ALT11001 2.00 34.00 32.00 0.31 0.20 0.12 37.04
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ALT11001 29.35 39.50 10.15 0.72 0.41 0.31 42.72
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ALT11001 34.00 84.00 50.00 0.60 0.37 0.24 39.32
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ALT11001 34.12 38.67 4.55 1.03 0.58 0.45 43.99
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ALT11002 4.92 77.23 72.31 0.84 0.34 0.49 58.97
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ALT11002 11.48 57.45 45.97 1.13 0.42 0.71 62.65
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ALT11002 19.03 43.00 23.97 1.78 0.60 1.18 66.46
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ALT11002 22.00 36.74 14.74 2.37 0.70 1.67 70.38
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ALT11002 22.00 24.00 2.00 2.59 0.92 1.67 64.41
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ALT11002 28.26 32.77 4.51 4.37 0.96 3.41 77.99
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ALT11002 38.58 42.00 3.42 1.10 0.64 0.46 41.95
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ALT11002 56.30 57.45 1.15 2.01 0.73 1.28 63.68
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ALT11003 1.03 81.58 80.55 0.58 0.36 0.23 38.71
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ALT11003 1.03 26.28 25.25 0.69 0.45 0.24 34.16
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ALT11003 33.53 40.25 6.72 1.11 0.58 0.53 47.74
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ALT11003 33.53 61.55 28.02 0.72 0.40 0.32 44.44
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ALT11003 48.52 53.62 5.10 1.15 0.71 0.44 38.50
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ALT11003 58.61 58.96 0.35 1.61 0.60 1.02 63.04
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ALT11003 61.30 61.55 0.25 2.07 0.70 1.37 66.14
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ALT11004 3.60 67.50 63.90 0.57 0.35 0.22 38.05
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Where: TREO=Total Rare Earth Oxides, includes Y2O3=yttrium oxide (i),
La2O3=lanthanum oxide (i), Ce2O3=cerium oxide (i), Pr2O3=praseodymium oxide
(i), Nd2O3=neodymium oxide (i), Sm2O3=samarium oxide, Eu2O3=europium oxide,
Gd2O3=gadolinium oxide, Tb2O3=terbium oxide (i), Dy2O3=dysprosium oxide (i),
Ho2O3=holmium oxide, Er2O3=erbium oxide, Tm2O3=thulium oxide (i),
Yb2O3=ytterbium oxide, Lu2O3=lutetium oxide (i); LREO=light rare earth
oxides, includes La2O3=lanthanum oxide, Ce2O3=cerium oxide,
Pr2O3=praseodymium oxide, Nd2O3=neodymium oxide, Sm2O3=samarium oxide;
HREO=heavy rare earth oxides, includes Y2O3=yttrium oxide, Eu2O3=europium
oxide, Gd2O3=gadolinium oxide, Tb2O3=terbium oxide, Dy2O3=dysprosium oxide,
Ho2O3=holmium oxide, Er2O3=erbium oxide, Tm2O3=thulium oxide,
Yb2O3=ytterbium oxide, Lu2O3=lutetium oxide. The principal REO on the
Alterra property are depicted by an asterisk (i).

The better grades observed in drilling are similar to the pegmatite-style of mineralization observed on Quest's Strange Lake B-Zone rare earth deposit. Mineralization is composed of a high proportion of pegmatite sheets that are intercalated with weakly to moderately altered Strange Lake peralkaline granite. Hematite alteration which characterizes the better grades of mineralization, extensively developed at the B-Zone, appears to be restricted to the mineralized pegmatites and within a narrow envelop in the adjacent host granite.Summer 2011 Exploration ProgramPlans for upcoming summer work on the property are well advanced and will include additional exploration drilling, prospecting, geological mapping and rock sampling. Exploration on the Alterra (Search) Option Property will be operated from Quest's Strange Lake facilities. Construction work is underway to enlarge Quest's exploration camp to accommodate 100 employees, up from the current 55.Alterra Strange Lake Property Option Agreement TermsAs previously announced, pursuant to the exploration and option agreement with Search Minerals Inc. (TSX-V:SMY - News) and Alterra Resources Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Search, executed on June 16, 2010, Quest may earn a 50% undivided working interest in the 30 mining claims by issuing an aggregate of 90,000 common shares of Quest to Alterra over a period of three years and by incurring mining exploration expenditures of $500,000 in the aggregate over a period of three years. Upon completing all of the payments mentioned above, Quest will have an option to acquire an additional 15% undivided working interest in the mining claims by making a payment of $75,000 before the fourth anniversary date of the exploration and option agreement, by issuing an additional 150,000 common shares of Quest to Alterra on or before the fifth anniversary date of the exploration and option agreement, and by incurring mining exploration expenditures of $1,250,000 in the aggregate on or before the fifth anniversary date of the exploration and option agreement.Pursuant to the exploration and option agreement, Quest will enter into an assignment agreement with Search and Alterra pursuant to which Quest will transfer and assign to Search nine claims located in Western Labrador in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in consideration for 10,000 common shares in the capital of Search. Immediately following the transfer by Quest to Search, Search will transfer these nine claims to Alterra. These nine claims, together with 21 claims already owned by Alterra comprise the 30 claims that are the subject of the exploration and option agreement. The 30 mining claims are subject to a 1.5% net smelter return royalty in favor of Alterra. Quest may, at any time, purchase two-thirds of the 1.5% net smelter return royalty for $1,000,000.Quality ControlMr. Peter Cashin, P. Geo., is the qualified person for the Alterra Strange Lake Project under National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for this news release. Material for analysis has been obtained from drill core which was cut in half using a diamond saw. Half of the core was sent to the lab for analysis, with the remaining half left on-site for future reference. A strict QA/QC program is followed which includes the use of elemental standards, duplicates and blanks. Analyses were performed by Activation Laboratory Limited of Ancaster, Ontario.About Quest Rare MineralsQuest Rare Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on the identification and discovery of new and significant Rare Earth deposit opportunities. Quest is publicly listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and NYSE Amex as "QRM" and is led by a highly-respected management and technical team with a proven mine finding track record. Quest is currently advancing several high-potential projects in Canada's premier exploration areas: the Strange Lake and Misery Lake areas of northeastern Quebec and the Plaster Rock area of northwestern New Brunswick. Quest's 2009 exploration led to the discovery of a significant new Rare Earth metal deposit, the B-Zone, on its Strange Lake property in northeastern Quebec. Quest recently filed a 43-101 Indicated and Inferred Resource Estimate on the B-Zone deposit and has completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the deposit. In addition, Quest announced the discovery of an important new area of REE mineralization on its Misery Lake project, approximately 120 km south of Strange Lake project. Quest continues to pursue high-value project opportunities throughout North America. As a result of a marketed equity financing completed in October 2010, Quest has a strong working capital position of $50.0 million. This will be sufficient to advance Quest's plans of completing pre-feasibility and Bankable feasibility studies of the B-Zone REE deposit by 2012 and to continue exploration on its other rare earth property interests.Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities legislation. Forward-looking information and statements may include, among others, statements regarding the future plans, costs, objectives or performance of Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. ("Quest"), or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In this news release, words such as "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "estimate" and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times at or by which, such future performance will be achieved. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Quest will derive. Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time and/or management's good-faith belief with respect to future events and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond Quest's control. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described under "Risk Factors" in Quest's annual information form dated March 2, 2011, and under the heading "Risk Factors" in Quest's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended January 31, 2011, both of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov, and could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Quest does not intend, nor does Quest undertake any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this news release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except if required by applicable laws.To view Figure 1 - Alterra/Search Minerals Option Property Location Map, Western Labrador, please visit the following link:http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/7031581.pdfTo view Figure 2 - Alterra/Search Minerals Option Property Compilation and Drillhole Location Map, Western Labrador, please visit the following link:http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/7031582.pdfTable 1 - Winter Diamond Drillhole Location Table, Alterra Option Property, Strange Lake Area, Western Labrador

 

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Elevation Azimuth
HOLE-ID Depth (m) Easting Northing (m) Dip (degrees)
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ALT11001 84.0 429401.00 6240521.00 598.00 -90.00 0.00
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ALT11002 77.2 429592.00 6240577.00 580.00 -90.00 0.00
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ALT11003 81.6 429799.00 6240625.00 582.00 -90.00 0.00
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ALT11004 67.5 429568.00 6240452.00 586.00 -90.00 0.00
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