Mapping rare earths projects outside China


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Mapping rare earths projects outside China China has long dominated the supply chain for rare earth elements that are vital for many 21st century technologies, from jet engines to electric vehicles and medical scanners. We profile the most prominent rare earth mining and processing projects outside the dominant market. Despite their name, the 17 minerals labelled rare earth elements are not that rare. According to the US Geological Survey, they are about as common as copper. But REEs are both hard to extract, due to their ores oxidising rapidly, and extremely polluting, causing extensive water and soil pollution. China’s dominance...