Finding and defining strategic mineral deposits Summary. The US Geological Survey USGS predicts that many strategic metals will be in critical demand within the next years and some within the next 30 years. In some cases, the concern about a lack of resources stems from government's inaccurate assessments of their own mineral resources. This lack of understanding means that reserve estimates often grow as more mines are opened: "in just 1 year, from to , the USGS, increased its estimate of lithium resources from
Rare Earths Conference Highlights a Need for Transparency
A rare and toxic age – Increment: Energy & Environment
One familiar, and semi-fictional, trope of living in an Information Age is the inevitable acceleration of progress. Millions of years ago, just the right amount of heat, pressure, and time prompted just the right reconfiguration of sandstone into quartzite, an optimal form of silicon and oxygen ideal for refining into the pure silicon crystals used in integrated circuits. One could even step further backwards and consider these developments in cosmic time. The lithium batteries that power more and more consumer electronics and green technologies are not merely a product of massive brining fields in Bolivia, but a miracle of the Big Bang itself.
October Features. The Bayon Obo mining district in northwest China contains the largest known rare earths deposits on earth. Is the veil of secrecy being slowly lifted from Chinese rare earths? Topics included diminishing the environmental impact of REM extraction, improving the methods of recycling, and alloying of steel to create UHSCs based on these metals.