DENVER Colo China may rule the increasingly ravenous world market for rare metals used to make smartphones cleanenergy technology guided missiles and bombs But Colorado and other Western states also contain significant caches of rare metals the makings of a modernday gold rush
20191030 ensp 0183 enspA rareearth element REE or rareearth metal REM as defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is one of a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table specifically the fifteen lanthanides as well as scandium and yttrium 2 Scandium and yttrium are considered rareearth elements because they tend to
China s total rare earths exports declined by 77 in 2010 according to Chinese industry magazine Jiancai Fazhan Daoxiang Building Materials Development Guide and global prices quadrupled The price of one major rare earth compound cerium oxide went from
201565 ensp 0183 enspGreenland s Rare Earths Gold Rush Letter from Nuuk AnnaKatarina Gravgaard ANNAKATARINA GRAVGAARD is a freelance journalist based in Copenhagen Benedikte Vahl a retired schoolteacher has just one hope for Narsaq her hometown of colorful wooden houses on a
2010723 ensp 0183 enspThorium envisioned as a possible replacement for uranium in nuclear reactors is the primary reason U S Rare Earths then known as Thorium Energy Inc acquired Lemhi Pass which contains about a onetoone ratio of thorium to rare earths said Cowle quotI didn t know what rare earths were until two years ago quot he said
2011528 ensp 0183 enspAnnual sales of rare earths remain small about 2 billion this year but a supply squeeze has long been predicted by experts concerned by political and public ignorance about their significance As Byron King an online metals watcher explained the world is addicted as much to the earths as to oil
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