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Cardero Announces Final Results from Ferricrete Reverse Circulation Drilling, Sheini Hills Iron Project, Ghana

Best intersections include: RC Hole 114: 8 metres from surface, grading 40.46% Iron RC Hole 123: 14 metres from surface, grading 41.56% Iron RC Hole 124: 9 metres from surface, grading 45.63% Iron

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cardero Announces Final Results from Ferricrete Reverse Circulation Drilling, Sheini Hills Iron Project, Ghana16:15 EDT Thursday, September 13, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) -Cardero Resource Corp. ("Cardero" or the "Company") (TSX:CDU)(NYSE MKT:CDY)(NYSE Amex:CDY)(FRANKFURT:CR5) announces receipt of the final batch of reverse circulation drill results from Phase I Ferricrete (detrital iron) drilling at the Company's Sheini Hills Iron Project, in northeastern Ghana.In addition to the drilling of haematite ironstones, surface Ferricrete/Detrital Deposits have been tested with 127 short drill holes (1,923 metres) of reverse circulation drilling. Cardero has received assay results from an additional 41 reverse circulation holes located in 5 of the 8 Ferricrete fields drill-tested. These results are presented in Table 1 with a summary of the iron grade in each ferricrete field summarized in Table 2. To view Figure 1, visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NR12_25Figure1.jpgFerricrete/Detrital Deposits are surface deposits situated on the fringes of the ironstone ridges. They are typically in the range of 5 to 15 metres in thickness. The attraction of deposits of this type is that they would not require normal open pit mine development, since the mineralization is at surface and of limited thickness (generally less than 15 metres).These types of deposits, if mined, could be extracted using equipment such as open bowl scrapers, which can remove softer overburden material without the need for blasting. This type of machinery is frequently utilized at civil engineering projects but is also used to clear overburden in mining operations. Efficient removal of the mineralization from these deposits in this way could provide significant operational savings. Iron grades in the Detrital Deposits are typically lower than grades in primary ironstone because the deposits are semi-consolidated and contain a portion of soil and non-iron related material. This is not considered to be a disadvantage since those materials should be easily removed during beneficiation. Removing surface mineralization in this way results in a zero strip ratio.If the Sheini Hills Iron Project should be advanced to mining in the future (of which there can be no certainty), the surface Detrital Deposits could potentially be mined first, while major open pit development and pre-stripping is taking place on the ironstone ridges.Table 1: Ferricrete Iron Results by Drill Hole*Drill holeFerricrete FieldFrom (m)To (m)Thickness (m)Iron Grade %SRC11730101039.42SRC118302232.28SRC119303328.66SRC120302233.06SRC095404434.62SRC09640101029.37SRC097401132.22SRC098409934.98SRC09940161631.43SRC100404432.10SRC101402243.42SRC102403343.16SRC1034no significant resultsSRC12140131335.46SRC12240202032.06SRC12340141441.56SRC124409945.63SRC125403344.14SRC126404446.33SRC12740101034.41SRC107604430.73SRC108604422.91SRC109608826.32SRC11060111125.35SRC111602236.57SRC112602227.85SRC113607726.74SRC114608840.46SRC115601132.50SRC087702231.69SRC08871242329.91SRC089704424.34SRC090705528.16SRC091702234.45SRC092707729.77SRC09370101031.91SRC094704430.23SRC104Camp02222.45SRC105Camp04433.79SRC106Camp08825.92SRC116Camp02222.47*All holes are drilled vertically. Ferricretes are recent, sub-horizontal detrital deposits and intersections presented here are considered true thicknesses.Table 2: Ferricrete Iron Summary ResultsFieldMin & Max Thickness (m)Avr Thickness (m)Iron Grade* (%)Field 12-187.131.27Field 21-116.237.05Field 32-103.631.04Field 41-209.036.62Field 51-84.829.26Field 61-115.229.28Field 72-236.226.54Field 82-116.828.70Camp2-84.027.02*Weighted average iron for each Ferricrete field calculated separately.Detrital iron deposits are found where weathering has eroded bedded ironstones and deposited ironstone fragments in natural traps formed by topography. Some deposits are loose gravels while others are naturally cemented (hematite conglomerate) and both types are found peripheral to the Sheini Hills ironstone ridges. When rock units break down under the weathering process they are often affected by circulating groundwater and, under appropriate conditions, typically form hard indurated zones such as ferricrete and laterite.The quality of the potential iron ore in these deposits depends on the grade and quality of the iron particles making up the clasts in the conglomerate. At Sheini, the ferricrete tends to be composed primarily of the higher-grade, banded-type ironstone, rather than the lower-grade diamictite, which is easily broken down by weathering processes.RESOURCE ESTIMATE UNDERWAYSRK Consulting has been retained to complete an initial resource estimate for the Sheini Hills Iron project. Now that Phase 1 exploration is complete this is underway, with the maiden resource reporting anticipated for Q4 2012.QUALIFIED PERSONEurGeol Keith Henderson, PGeo, Cardero's Executive Vice President and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release, and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Henderson is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer and shareholder.QA/QCThe work program at Sheini is supervised by Christopher White (Cardero Resource Corp.) and Dr. Karel Maly (Aurum Exploration Limited), who together are responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project rigorously collect and track samples which are then security sealed and shipped to ALS Laboratories, Kumasi, Ghana, for sample preparation, and onward to OMAC Laboratories (an ALS Group company), Ireland, for analysis. OMAC's quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025: 1999. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Quality control is further assured by the use of international and in-house standards. Blind certified reference material is inserted at regular intervals into the sample sequence in order to independently assess analytical accuracy.ABOUT CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.The common shares of the Company are currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CDU), the NYSE-MKT (symbol CDY) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (symbol CR5). For further details on the Company readers are referred to the Company's web site (www.cardero.com), Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and United States regulatory filings on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.On Behalf of the Board of Directors of CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.Michael Hunter, CEO and PresidentNR12-25Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and US securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements regarding the anticipated content, commencement and cost of exploration programs, anticipated exploration program results, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, business and financing plans and business trends, are forward-looking statements. In addition, information with respect to the proposed activities of Artha on the Organullo property has been provided by Artha (the optionee and operator of the Organullo joint venture) and, as such activities are not within the control of the Company, the Company takes no responsibility for the accuracy of such statements. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company or any of its optionees or joint venture partners are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, variations in the market for, and pricing of, any mineral products the Company or its joint venture partners may produce or plan to produce, the inability of the Company or any of its joint venture partners to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its or their activities, the inability of the Company or any of its joint venture partners to produce minerals from their properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's 2011 Annual Information Form filed with certain securities commissions in Canada and the Company's annual report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and other information released by the Company and filed with the appropriate regulatory agencies. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and its United States public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sec.gov , and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties. This press release is not, and is not to be construed in any way as, an offer to buy or sell securities in the United States.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nancy CurryCardero Resource Corp.Corporate CommunicationsDirect Tel: 604 638-3287ORGeneral Contact:Cardero Resource Corp.Toll Free: 1-888-770-7488 or 604 408-7488604 408-7499 (FAX)info@cardero.comwww.cardero.com