January 2022
Volume 74    Issue 1

Challenges and opportunities in rare earths; Developments could help restore a domestic supply chain

Mining Engineering , 2022, Vol. 74, No. 1, pp. 18-18
Gleason, William


The demand for rare earth minerals has arguably never been greater. The group of 17 elements, once little utilized, or only used for specialized applications such as navigation systems on military planes are now critical components in the technologies that most of us would deem essential to our daily lives. According to Dr. Ned Mamula and Ann Bridges, co-authors of “Ground Breaking: America’s New Quest for Mineral Independence,” (published in 2018 by Terra Dynamics Corp.) rare earths are “a series of chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust and vital to modern technologies including consumer electronics, computers and networks, communications, clean energy, advanced transportation, healthcare, environmental mitigation, national defense, and many others.” 

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