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Mineral resources
Natural occurrences of useful inorganic elements or compounds.
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Metallic mineral resources (25 items)
Nonmetallic mineral resources (16 items)
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PDF 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.
PDF 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.
Potential environmental impacts of quarrying stones in karst - a literature review [More info]
This report is the result of an extensive literature search to determine the state-of-the-knowledge regarding environmental impacts from quarrying carbonate rocks in karst formations to better use of karst resources in sustainable ways.
PDF 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.
PDF 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.
Spectroscopy Lab [More info]
Links to Spectroscopy Lab projects to identify and map materials through spectroscopic remote sensing (imaging spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, imaging spectrometry, ultraspectral imaging, etc) on the Earth and in space.
PDF Summary of the diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Guinea [More info]
Describes organizational process and field study used to estimate production capacity (mostly by artisanal miners) in the parts of the country likely to contain diamonds. We estimate a production capacity of 600,000 carats per year.
PDF Summary of the reconnaissance investigation of the diamond resource potential and production capacity of Côte d'Ivoire [More info]
Study integrating archival reports and maps, satellite imagery, and terrain modeling to estimate resource reserves of 11,200,000 carats in two regions of the country.
PDF 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.
PDF 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.
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