PubTalk 5/2011 — The Future of Rare Earth Elements

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--Will these high-tech industry elements continue in short supply?

by Keith Long, USGS Mineral Resource Analyst

 

  • Rare earth elements provide critical material for flat-panel display screens, cell phones, electric cars, windmills, etc.
  • Although relatively abundant in nature, deposits of rare earth elements that are economic to mine are uncommon
  • China produces 96% of the world's rare earth elements but severely restricts their export
  • Can new exploration and development meet future high-tech industry needs for these materials?

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Image Dimensions: 200 x 150

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Length: 00:58:10

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US

Transcript

Contact wmcesic@usgs.gov for transcript.