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  • lynasstock lynasstock Jan 1, 2011 1:48 PM Flag

    This Article will help new investors understand about rare earth elements

    This gives you a decent look at the makeup of rare earths, and the products associated with each one. Also lets you see what they consider heavy vs light ree's.

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    • the article has 2 pages, so make sure to see both.

    • Good reference given all the new folks with their sudden interest in ree, LOL. Everyone, obviously, needs to do his/her own DD and don't accept anything at face value you see in a MB entry, LOL. Thanks for the link.

    • Highlight from page 2 of your link...

      "New demand has recently strained supply, and there is growing concern that the world may soon face a shortage of the rare earths. [15] In several years, worldwide demand for rare earth elements is expected to exceed supply by 40,000 tonnes annually unless major new sources are developed. [16]

      These concerns have intensified due to the actions of China, the predominant supplier. Specifically, China has announced regulations on exports and a crackdown on smuggling. [9] On September 1, 2009, China announced plans to reduce its export quota to 35,000 tons per year in 2010-2015, ostensibly to conserve scarce resources and protect the environment. [17] On October 19, 2010 China Daily, citing an unnamed Ministry of Commerce official, reported that China will "further reduce quotas for rare earth exports by 30 percent at most next year to protect the precious metals from over-exploitation". [18]

      As a result of the increased demand and tightening restrictions on exports of the metals from China, searches for alternative sources in Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, and the United States are ongoing. [19] Mines in these countries were closed when China undercut world prices in the 1990s, and it will take a few years to restart production as there are many barriers to entry. [9] One example is the Mountain Pass mine in California, which is projected to reopen in 2011. [11] [20] Other significant sites under development outside of China include the Nolans Project in Central Australia, the remote Hoidas Lake project in northern Canada, [21] and the Mount Weld project in Australia. [11] [20] [22] The Hoidas Lake project has the potential to supply about 10% of the $1 billion of REE consumption that occurs in North America every year. [23] Vietnam signed an agreement in October 2010 to supply Japan with rare earths [24] from its northwestern Lai Châu Province. [25]

      Also under consideration for mining are a sites such at Thor Lake in the Northwest Territories, various locations in Vietnam, [11] [16] and a site in southeast Nebraska in the US, where Quantum Rare Earth Development, a Canadian company, is currently conducting test drilling and economic feasibility studies toward opening a niobium mine. [26] Additionally, a large deposit of rare earth minerals was recently discovered in Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland. [27] Pre-feasibility drilling at this site has confirmed significant quantities of black lujavrite, which contains about 1% rare earth oxides (REO)."

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