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Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential

January 1, 2013

Alaska’s known mineral endowment includes some of the largest and highest grade deposits of various metals, including gold, copper and zinc. Recently, Alaska has also been active in the worldwide search for sources of rare earth elements (REE) to replace exports now being limitedby China. Driven by limited supply of the rare earths, combined with their increasing use in new ‘green’ energy, lighting, transportation, and many other technological applications, the rare earth metals neodymium, europium and, in particular, the heavy rare earth elements terbium, dysprosium and yttrium are forecast to soon be in critical short supply (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential
Authors James C. Barker, Bradley S. Van Gosen
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Mining Engineering
Index ID 70044949
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center