Distribution of yttrium and rare-earth elements
in the Penge and Kuruman iron-formations, Transvaal Supergroup, South Africa.
China is now the world's main supplier of rare-earth elements
, which are minerals that play a critical role in making products from basic communication devices to high-tech military weaponry.
TSX: RES) (NYSE-AMEX: REE), a publicly traded mineral resource company, focused on exploration and development of rare-earth elements
and gold on the Bear Lodge property, has announced its financial results for the year ended June 30, 2011.
Concerned about the supply of rare-earth elements
and minerals essential to producing a wide variety of high-technology goods, the House on September 29 passed a bill that would create the Rare Earth Materials Program within the Department of Energy to quantify U.
Chinese officials also suggested the possibility of banning exports to Japan of rare-earth elements
- raw materials crucial for many Japanese manufacturing processes - and appear to have done so informally.
GWMG noted that cerium and lanthanum -- two of the key rare-earth elements
present at Hoidas Lake -- are critical components of NiMH powder for rechargeable batteries used in such applications as electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Two Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists believe that rare-earth elements
may be the best tool for tracking--and pinpointing sources of--costly soil erosion.
In rare-earth elements
, ARS scientists John Zhang, a hydrologist, and Mark A.
which uses rare-earth elements
to produce powerful hi-tech magnets with important military applications.
Today, "interest is evolving into the platinum-group elements, including diamonds and rare-earth elements
used in high-tech (applications).
In fact, the magnesium casting industry routinely adds neodymium and other rare-earth elements
to make alloys that are corrosion-resistant and offer improved weldability.
Moreover, slivers on the east side of the belt of ocean crust contain more light rare-earth elements
than those on the west.