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August 27, 2012: NR12-21

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

Best intersections include:

RC Hole 22; 6 metres from surface, grading 48.93% Iron
RC Hole 23; 7 metres from surface, grading 46.02% Iron
RC Hole 24; 6 metres from surface, grading 40.73% Iron
RC Hole 19; 3 metres from surface, grading 40.68% Iron
RC Hole 17; 4 metres from surface, grading 40.05% Iron

Vancouver, British Columbia...Cardero Resource Corp. ("Cardero" or the "Company") (TSX: CDU, NYSE-MKT: CDY, Frankfurt: CR5) announces receipt of initial 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 33 reverse circulation holes located in 3 of the 8 Ferricrete fields drill-tested (Figure 1, Table 1). The ferricrete in these 3 fields ranges from 1m to 18m in thickness.

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. By definition, all of the ferricrete deposits occur at surface with no overburden providing a zero strip ratio if future mining is considered feasible.

Table 1: Ferricrete Iron Results by Drill Hole*
Drill hole Ferricrete Field From (m) To (m) Thickness (m) Iron Grade %
SRC002 1 0 17 17 27.44
SRC003 1 0 7 7 38.16
SRC004 1 0 18 18 23.70
SRC005 1 0 17 17 30.60
SRC006 1 0 6 6 32.29
SRC007 1 0 13 13 27.70
SRC008 1 0 8 8 23.96
SRC009 1 0 10 10 26.71
SRC010 1 0 3 3 38.20
SRC011 1 0 4 4 35.10
SRC012 1 0 12 12 34.42
SRC013 1 0 3 3 38.79
SRC014 1 0 12 12 33.88
SRC015 1 0 4 4 23.40
SRC022 1 0 6 6 48.93
SRC023 1 0 7 7 46.02
SRC024 1 0 6 6 40.73
SRC025 1 0 5 5 38.58
SRC026 1 0 7 7 28.75
SRC016 2 0 1 1 17.77
SRC017 2 0 4 4 40.05
SRC018 2 0 5 5 39.24
SRC019 2 0 3 3 40.68
SRC020 2 0 5 5 36.13
SRC021 2 0 5 5 32.52
SRC027 2 0 8 8 34.50
SRC028 2 0 4 4 36.04
SRC029 2 0 8 8 32.85
SRC030 2 0 11 11 38.22
SRC031 2 0 11 11 38.41
SRC032 3 0 3 3 24.13
SRC033 3 0 2 2 26.13
SRC034 3 0 6 6 23.42

*All holes are drilled vertically. Ferricretes are recent, sub-horizontal detrital deposits
and intersections presented here are considered true thicknesses.


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Figure 1: Maps showing Sheini Property (left) and the Phase I drill program focused in north-central area (right). The drill program focused on diamond drilling of ironstone ridges as well as reverse circulation drilling of surface iron / ferricrete. Locations of Ferricrete Fields 1, 2 and 3 are labeled.

RESOURCE ESTIMATE

SRK Consulting has been retained to complete an initial resource estimate. Now that Phase 1 exploration is complete this is underway with the maiden resource reporting anticipated for Q4 2012.

QUALIFIED PERSON

EurGeol 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 portions of 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/QC

The 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" (signed)
Michael Hunter, CEO and President

Contact Information:
Nancy Curry, Corporate Communications
Direct Tel: 604 638-3287

General Contact:
Email: info@cardero.com
Toll Free: 1-888-770-7488
Tel: 604 408-7488
Fax: 604 408-7499

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This 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, the timing for and completion of a resource estimate for a portion of the Sheini deposit, business and financing plans and business trends, are forward-looking 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 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 may produce or plan to produce, the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, the Company's inability to produce minerals from its 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 2012 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.

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