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  • 17 rare earth elements REES include dysprosium neodymium terbium europium

    North to Alaska for rare earth elements

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Due to their vital importance to American manufacturing and the fact that 100% of U.S. supply comes from overseas, primarily China, rare earth elements top the list of minerals and metals deemed critical to the United States. When the U.S. Geological Survey plugged in 52 critical mineral commodities into a recently developed supply risk tool, six rare earth elements – dysprosium (No. 1), yttrium (No. 2), neodymium (No. 3), lanthanum (No. 5), cerium (No. 6) and praseodymium (... Full story

  • China US rare earths critical minerals trade strategies wars Chess graphic

    COVID exposes chink in US metal armor

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    In addition to dealing a major blow to the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on a chink in the United States' economic and security armor – an overreliance on foreign countries for the minerals and metals that lie at the frontend of American supply chains. "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how delicate our supply chains are and that should be a wakeup call for all of us," Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said dur... Full story