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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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