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By Shane Lasley
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A tale of two rare earth countries

Why China controls and US imports critical high-tech metals Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – January 15, 2020

 

Last updated 7/1/2022 at 12:09pm

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Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Rare earths consist of 17 elements that are increasingly important to a growing number of high-technology applications. Clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

Unique, remarkable, magical and irreplaceable are some of the adjectives uses to describe rare earths – a group of 17 elements with names most of us have never heard of but have seemingly mystical magnetic, electrical and luminescent properties we use every day.

"There are literally hundreds of uses for rare earths – they are unique materials, almost alchemistical magic," said Michael Silv...



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