Metallic mineral resources
Resources from which ductile, malleable, opaque,and reflective metals that are also good heat and electricity conductors can be extracted.
Indium: bringing liquid-crystal displays into focus [ More info] Explains the uses for, sources of, and supply and demand for this rare metal element.
Lead-Soft and easy to cast [ More info] Explains how we use lead, where it comes from, and how we might ensure that we have adequate supplies of this mineral commodity in the future.
Lithium: for harnessing renewable energy [ More info] Explains how this element is used, where we get it, and prospects for future supply and demand.
Nickel - Makes stainless steel strong [ More info] Uses, sources, and history of Nickel as a mineral commodity.
Niobium and tantalum: indispensable twins [ More info] Explains why these elements are commonly discussed together, how they are used, where we get them, and prospects for future supply and demand.
Platinum-group elements: so many excellent properties [ More info] These elements, abbreviated as PGE, include platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, and osmium. They have similar physical and chemical properties and occur together in nature.
Rare earth elements--End use and recyclability [ More info] Rare earth element use is changing with technology. This report explains how we use them and the prospects for recycling these important commodities.
Rhenium: a rare metal critical in modern transportation [ More info] Explains how we use this rare metal, where it comes from, and describes the supply and demand situation for this commodity.
Shift in Global Tantalum Mine Production, 2000-2014 [ More info] Extensive discussion of the production and consumption of Tantalum. Production shifted over the years so that a much larger proportion of world supply now comes from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tellurium: providing a bright future for solar energy [ More info] Explains how we use this extremely rare element, where we obtain it, and describes the global supply and demand situation for the commodity.
The future of rare earth elements--will these high-tech industry elements continue in short supply? [ More info] Presentation describing uses of rare earth elements, why they are important, where they occur and are produced, and aspects of the economics of production and consumption with emphasis on sites that might be developed for production.
The rare-earth elements: vital to modern technologies and lifestyles [ More info] Explains where and how deposits of these elements form, trends in supply and demand, how we use them, and how they may affect the environment.
Tintina gold province study, Alaska and Yukon Territory, 2002-2007 [ More info] New discoveries and modernized extraction methods prompted renewed interest in gold deposits in this part of central Alaska, prompting a variety of studies described here.
Toxicity and bioavailability of metals in the Missouri River adjacent to a lead refinery [ More info] Report (PDF format) on an evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of contaminated ground water from a metals refinery adjacent to the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska testing water and sediments for contaminants and toxicity.
Use of raw materials in the United States from 1900 through 2010 [ More info] Since the beginning of the 20th century, the types and quantities of raw materials used by U.S. manufacturers and consumers have changed over time. This fact sheet quantifies the amounts of those materials used, other than food and fuel.
Zinc-The key to preventing corrosion [ More info] Explains how we use zinc, where it comes from, and discusses worldwide supply and demand.
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