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The enigmatic rare earth elements paradox

American REE mining on the rise, yet 100% reliant on imports Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – February 12, 2020

American mines produced roughly 26,000 tons of rare earth during 2019, a 44 percent increase over 2018, yet the United States is 100 percent reliant on foreign countries for its supply of these 17 elements vital to our modern high-tech society. This apparent paradox speaks to the complexities of these enigmatic metals.

The irony of rare earth elements (REEs) begins with their name, which is at the...


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