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Rare earth element and rare metal inventory of central Asia

March 6, 2018

Rare earth elements (REE), with their unique physical and chemical properties, are an essential part of modern living. REE have enabled development and manufacture of high-performance materials, processes, and electronic technologies commonly used today in computing and communications, clean energy and transportation, medical treatment and health care, glass and ceramics, aerospace and defense, and metallurgy and chemical refining. Central Asia is an emerging REE and rare metals (RM) producing region. A newly compiled inventory of REE-RM-bearing mineral occurrences and delineation of areas-of-interest indicate this region may have considerable undiscovered resources.

Publication Year 2018
Title Rare earth element and rare metal inventory of central Asia
DOI 10.3133/fs20173089
Authors Mark J. Mihalasky, Robert D. Tucker, Karine Renaud, Ingrid M. Verstraeten
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2017-3089
Index ID fs20173089
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center