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Mineral resource of the month: rare earth elements

January 1, 2013

The article provides information on rare earth elements, which are group of 17 natural metallic elements. The rare earth elements are scandium, yttrium and lanthanides and classified into light rare earth elements (LREE) and heavy rate earth elements (HREE). The principal ores of the rare earth elements are identified. An overview of China's production of 97 percent of the rare earths in the world is provided. Commercial applications of rare earths are described.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title Mineral resource of the month: rare earth elements
Authors
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Index ID 70045903
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center