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As if classified as a top-secret government project, the group of metals known as the rare earth was so shrouded in complexity that it took 151 years from the discovery of the first rare-earth element in 1794, for the final element to be discovered in 1945. The principal ore mineral of the group was for years, bastnasite, which rarely appears in the leading mineralogy texts. The long names of the rare-earth elements and some unusual arrangements of letters, many Scandinavian in origin, may have challenged and intimidated even those skilled in phonics. In fact, ion-exchange separation technolog... More →
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Rare earth elements are a group of 17 speciality metals used in high-tech products such as smart phones or wind turbines. Due to the lack of internal supply, the EU needs to import more than 90% of these metals, mainly from China. As the demand for rare earths is expected to grow, the EU aims to improve access to these metals, reduce their consumption and improve extraction conditions in Europe. To help secure the supply, the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) was established.

To address the issue of rare earth elements supply, the EC has brought together experts to fo... More →
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Two of China major rare earth miners reported sharp falls in profits in 2014, in the face of poor demand and weak prices. Major producer, REHT reported on Friday 5.84 billion yuan, or 949 million U.S. dollars, in operating revenue in 2014, down 31.1 per cent from 2013. Net profits plummeted by 57.4 per cent to 643 million yuan, according to the company annual report. On the same day, China Minmetals Rare Earth Co. posted a 64.8 per cent drop in operating revenue to 702 million yuan and its balance sheet turned from black to red with 55.8 million yuan in net losses.

China Minmetals d... More →
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Search results for Videos on rare earth projects around the world.
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Al Shefsky, President and CEO, Pele Mountain Resources discusses the company joint venture with a major Chinese rare earth player to develop processing facilities in Elliot Lake.
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Tim Maverick reports that on March 22, 60 Minutes ran a segment on the rare earth industry, covering how important rare earth metals are in our modern, technology-based world. Tiny and very powerful magnets made from rare earths are crucial to our consumer gadgets, renewable energy production, and the defense industry. The report was nice to see. But I would not base any investment decisions on it. You see, the report was notable not for the information that was included in the segment, but for how much was left out or simply ignored. For instance, we do not have to mine to get rare earths. Ra... More →
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Llewellyn King reports that the 17 rare earth elements have energy supply by the throat. They are used in everything from oil refineries to solar and wind generators. These rare earths are, as John Kutsch, director of the Thorium Energy Alliance, says, the great multipliers. They make metals stronger, generators more efficient, cell phones smaller, television sets sharper, and laptops lighter. They are, in their way, as important to modern manufacturing as energy.

Back in the days, the U.S. was a major supplier of rare earths - with supplemental supplies coming from countries aroun... More →
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Jason Fekete reports that Canada is quietly staking its claim to being a global leader in a growing multibillion-dollar industry largely unknown to most Canadians but deemed by the government as critical to the economy of Canada.

Canadian extractive companies, in collaboration with the federal government and other groups, have launched more than 200 exploration projects targeting what are called rare earth elements. These potentially lucrative rare earths which include the 15 lanthanide metals on the periodic table plus scandium and yttrium are increasingly sought after by several m... More →
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A number of countries are interested in mining underground resources from North Korea.
China, Russia as well as Britain and the United States all have their eyes on the reclusive state natural resources. Japan, in particular, has actively paid attention to the rare earth elements available in the country.

Rare earth elements are essential raw materials that can be used to make components for cell phones, computers, cars and generators due to their outstanding geochemical properties. In fact, these elements are often referred to as the vitamins of the tech industry. As ties be... More →
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The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon. The process uses a cerium-based material made into nanometer-sized particles with a palladium catalyst to produce cyclohexanone, a key ingredient in the production of nylon.

Traditional methods of producing cyclohexanone involve high temperatures and high pressure, and necessitate the use of hydrogen. After a lot of trials, we managed to find a reaction that works very well... More →
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Andrew Lee reports that Siemens has tapped U.S.- based rare-earths specialist Molycorp to supply materials for use in its direct-drive wind turbines. The German group will be supplied under a 10-year deal from the Molycorp facility in Mountain Pass, California.

Like other wind OEMs that produce direct-drive turbines, Siemens relies on supplies of rare-earth metals needed for permanent-magnet generators. Supplies of the materials are dominated by China, which for many years kept a tight rein on their availability via export quotas, and had the power to send foreign users into a panic... More →
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Investment intelligence Report - IIR - for self-directed, accredited investors provides detailed in-depth analyses. The industry leaders, high net-worth investors and intellectuals, who comprise InvestorIntel.com global audience, are privy to some of the best investment intelligence in the world.

InvestorIntelReport membership gives you a competitive advantage and critical analysis of investment opportunities from key industry experts and exclusive video content from international analysts to editorial commentary, plus additional benefits such as discounts to premium investment even... More →
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Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, two countries in Central Asia, may become new global centers of rare earth metals production during the next several years, according to recent statements of some U.S. and Russian scientists.

In the case of Afghanistan, according to recent studies, conducted by the US Geological Survey - USGS, total value of the country rare and rare earth metals, is estimated at 1 trillion U.S. dollars. In their studies, the U.S. geologists used the Soviet maps, which were prepared by Soviet scientists in 1979-1980. At that period of time the USSR had plans for the estab... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that lately there have been several new discoveries of rare earths mineralization, and at least one company has expanded mineralization at its project through additional drilling. The news is encouraging in that while rare earths are not actually very rare in terms of distribution in the Earth crust, it is difficult to find deposits that are economically mineable.

Search Minerals reported a new rare earths discovery in the Port Hope Simpson REE district in Labrador. It is the second REE discovery in the area, with the first being the Foxtrot deposit. So far th... More →
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David Merriman of Roskill Consulting Group Ltd., reported in 2013 on the occurrences of rare earths, their geological settings, main ore minerals, and reviewed the historical and current rare earth supply.

Pre-1990s, he also discussed post-Chinese dominance - 1990-Present, current production and progress of exploration, future supply of rare earths, availability of rare earths in China, recycling, and discussed a forecast of REE supplies.
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China has increased its efforts to limit the illegal mining and export of rare earths -REE. The Government has launched a five-month campaign, which has the specific goal of preventing prices of this commodity from dropping further in prices. Since the beginning of October until the end of March 2015 five authorities are working together to track down and punish illegal and smuggling REE operations. This is not the first time that the Chinese government has tried to tamper with - if not modernize - its rare earth industry, first by trying to rationalize resource management by shifting more co... More →
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Terbium and dysprosium are two heavy rare earths that are critical for our latest defense technologies and all of this supply currently comes from China. This lack of a secure source is putting our national security and our latest technologies at risk for a supply shortfall.

Heavy rare earth prices have started bouncing higher for these minerals since late November. Increasing tensions with China and The West over natural gas in the South China Seas could continue to support higher heavy rare earth prices.

Senator Murkowski from Alaska now heads the U.S. Senate Committee... More →
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Henry Lazenby reports that lower rare earths prices and the increased availability of rare-earth compounds had led to increased US consumption in 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey had found. However, in its latest mineral commodity summary for the abundant group of 17 elements composed of scandium, yttrium, and the lanthanides, the USGS noted that increased domestic output of separated rare-earth products was hampered by technical difficulties in the ramp up of new production capacity.

Despite increased global demand for rare earths in the permanent magnet and catalyst industries, pr... More →
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In March, 2012, Nicholas Jepson released his dissertation that examines the peculiar structure of the rare earth elements industry, a sector dominated by China, and the global implications of current upheavals within the sector, especially as they concern South African (re)emerging rare earths production. REEs are a hitherto obscure group of metals that have now assumed global significance.

There are also two other forms of international response. First, there is demand destruction either through increased efficiency in REE usage, substitution or recycling of rare earths. Secondly... More →
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Teresa Matich reports thatrare earth companies gained following the Rare Earths Report on 60 Minutes. In a segment entitled Modern Life Devices Under China Grip CBS Lesley Stahl told the story of how China rose to dominate the industry, putting the start of it all back in 1992, when Deng Xiaoping mentioned the importance of rare earths in a speech. Stahl also touched on how rare earths are used in a range of modern technologies, from cell phones to fighter jets, and suggested that end users are still largely dependent on supply from China. Certainly, that message seems to have resonated with t... More →
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US Rare Earths reported that the USGS has confirmed the presence of dark monazite at the US Rare Earth Last Chance mine. The company has demonstrated that dark monazite has lower potential processing costs. The Last Chance Mine is located in the Lemhi Pass Area of Idaho and Montana, and it contains one of the longest, identified mineralized veins in the region. The Lemhi Pass area has more than 200 mineralized veins. The company holds 140 claims in the Lemhi Pass area which cover a significant number of these historically known mineralized veins.

The USGS has identified the presence... More →
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The Alstom Corporation, amongst other transporation modes, contructs very high speed trains that use samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets in their motors. Samarium is one of the rare earth oxides that have been identified in lunar deposits. Control of these deposits will have an impact on the development of low-carbon footprint transportation in the coming decades.
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Northern Minerals Limited advises ASX that it has secured 100% ownership of the John Galt Project in northern Western Australia. In 2010, following a successful due diligence process, Northern Minerals signed an agreement with the tenement holder, Arnhem Resources, for the right to acquire 100% of the Project within a four-year period. The Project, a strategic part of Northern Minerals asset base, has now been fully acquired following promising exploration results, and completion of a number of the commitments under the previously announced Agreement including a combination of cash payments an... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that Rare Element Resources is advancing its Bear Lodge rare earth element (REE) project in Wyoming, but the company is also making progress with its proprietary REE separation technology. The company recently announced bench-scale test results for its process, with highlights including fewer steps, a smaller footprint, lower acid and energy requirements and the successful removal of thorium and cerium early in the process.

Even more recently, Rare Element Resources reported some important progress at Bear Lodge, noting that it has submitted applications for tw... More →
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Geomega Resources reported an updated mineral resource estimate for its Montviel rare earth and niobium project in Quebec. The current resource now stands at 82.4 million tonnes grading 1.51 percent total rare earth oxides (TREO) and 0.17 percent niobium oxide in the indicated category, and 184.2 million tonnes grading 1.43 percent TREO and 0.13 percent niobium oxide in the inferred category.

Geomega VP of Exploration, Alain Cayer, said that following the design conversion from open pit to underground mining, resources have been reclassified using new criteria compared to the initia... More →
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