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  • Yellow seaplane lands on Kendrick Bay in front of Bokan Mountain.

    The untapped story of Alaska's uranium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Plucky prospectors, with a dash of spite, set out to prove the wealth of Alaska; despite expert opinions none existed at all. Nestled on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island, the Ross-Adams uranium mine tells a tale steeped in Cold War ambitions. Discovered in the 1950s and shuttered quietly by the 1970s, this historic site is one of many that perhaps invites a reexamination in the context of today's search for sustainable energy sources and offers a glimpse into America's... Full story

  • Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

    AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    HB122 would authorize AIDEA to issue up to $300 million in bonds and leverage federal funding for critical mineral infrastructure projects in Alaska. Home to 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska has the potential to be a reliable domestic source of the mined materials vital to high-tech, clean energy, and national defense. America's Last Frontier, however, is often lacking when it comes to the infrastructure needed to fully unlock the state's... Full story

  • Burst of green northern lights over a crusher at the Nechalacho rare earth mine.

    Chinese firm buys Canada's rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Dec 31, 2023

    Shenghe acquires ore stockpile that symbolized a shift away from China for REEs critical to North America's green energy and high-tech sectors. High-grade ore dug up from a small open pit at Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in the summer of 2021 marked the start of Canada's first rare earth elements mine and the first link in an REE supply chain that was envisioned to be completely independent of China. "The combination of our efforts clearly work together towards the...

  • Closeup of columns of liquids during the separation of rare earths with RapidSX.

    North of 60 rare earth executive carousel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 8, 2023

    Vital Metals CEO resigns after just 4 months; Ucore adds former Vital top executive to its growing team. With former Vital Metals Ltd. Managing Director Geoff Atkins joining the team at Ucore Rare Metals Inc. and John Dorward tendering his resignation as director and CEO of Vital, this week saw a carousel of executive changes at rare earths companies with ties to the North of 60 Mining area. Under Atkins' leadership, Vital transformed the Nechalacho deposit in Northwest...

  • A breathtaking photo of the Denali National Park in Alaska.

    Alaska can fuel American clean energy

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Gathering together leaders, decision-makers, and experts toward the common goal of understanding the value of Alaska's mineral endowment and how to unlock it for America's net-zero emission goals, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management hosted a two-day workshop bringing attention to carbon management and critical minerals and how the Last Frontier will be a keystone in achieving the country's lofty ambition. Held at...

  • Aerial view of the Nechalacho rare earths mine in Canada’s NWT.

    Ramping up rare earths mining

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining Explorers|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Less than three years after bringing its ambition to mine rare earth elements to Canada, Vital Metals Ltd. is rapidly establishing its presence on the world stage as one of few miners of rare earth minerals outside of China. In July 2021, the Australia-based company became the first to extract rare earth-rich material for commercial processing from the ground in Canada – a country known to host vast undeveloped quantities of the coveted resources. Vital Metals is also only t... Full story

  • Piles of rare earth oxides used for magnets, batteries, and high-tech products.

    Making rare earths separation less rare

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 15, 2022

    US invests heavily into developing domestic rare earth element processing plants Despite what their name suggests, rare earths are not all that scarce. An efficient and environmentally sound technology capable of separating this tightly bonded group into the 15 individual elements of innovation, however, is truly unique and the key to establishing a rare earths supply chain in North America. There are currently no commercial-scale rare earths separation facilities in North...

  • A red Tesla Roadster speeds past a large wind turbine farm.

    Seven world transforming rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 15, 2022

    Magnet rare earths transform motion to energy; and energy to motion and music While all 15 of the rare earths have special properties that have been called magical, alchemistical, and futuristic, seven of these elements are imbued with a powerful magnetism that is hard to resist when it comes to creating a high-tech future powered by clean energy. The magnetic qualities of these rare earths – praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, and holmium – are...

  • Float plane lands at Ucore’s uranium and rare earths project in Alaska.

    Alaska uranium deposit attracts interest

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 23, 2022

    With renewed interest in nuclear to generate zero-carbon electricity for the clean energy future, coupled with Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine, the past-producing Ross-Adams uranium mine on Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s Bokan Mountain project in Southeast Alaska has caught the attention of unnamed parties interested in this potential domestic source of nuclear fuel. While Ucore says it is entertaining the unsolicited offers to investigate Bokan's uranium potential, any efforts on t...

  • A drill tests the Bokan Mountain critical minerals mine project in Alaska.

    Ucore launches program to advance Bokan

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 19, 2022

    With its Alaska Strategic Metals Complex on pace for completion in 2024, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has launched a trenching and bulk sampling program at Bokan Mountain that will provide the information needed for a prefeasibility study that details the plan for a mine at the rare earths project in Southeast Alaska. Located on Prince of Wales Island, the Dotson Ridge deposit at Ucore's Bokan Mountain project hosts 4.79 million metric tons of indicated resource containing 31,722...

  • Piles of rare earths used in electric vehicles and other high-tech products.

    Testing confirms Ucore rare earths tech

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 5, 2022

    Independent testing commissioned by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority demonstrates that Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology is in fact faster, cheaper, more efficient, and environmentally sound than the conventional mixer-settler solvent extraction method it was designed to replace. Fundamentally, RapidSX is a modernization and technological upgrade to the conventional solvent extraction technique that has been the st...

  • Ucore Rare Metals Alaska Strategic Metals Complex building.

    Ucore regroups and advances Alaska SMC

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 28, 2022

    In preparation of bringing its Alaska Strategic Metals Complex online in 2024, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has streamlined its management and technical teams and secured new feedstock for the future rare earths separation plant. To be developed near the Southeast Alaska port town of Ketchikan, the Alaska SMC is a processing facility that will do the hard work of separating rare earths into the individual elements that are used in a variety of high-tech applications. Though often...

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    Vital Metals logs rare earths first

    Rose Ragsdale, For Data Mine North|Updated Feb 24, 2022

    When Vital Metals Ltd. purchased the rights to mine the mineral resources in the upper zones of the Nechalacho rare earth project from Avalon Rare Metals Inc. in 2019, the Australian junior hit the ground running. And the rest is history. Literally. In July, Vital Metals became the first company to produce rare earth minerals in Canada – a country known to host vast undeveloped quantities of this suite of coveted elements. Vital is also only the second company to mine rare e... Full story

  • RapidSX Ucore Rare Metals Alaska SMC Strategic Metals Complex

    RapidSX REE separation tech nearly ready

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 27, 2022

    Innovation Metals Corp. Jan. 4 reported that the RapidSX rare earths and critical minerals separation technology it developed for use at Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s planned Alaska Strategic Metals Complex (Alaska SMC) and other applications is on pace to be ready for commercial adoption and implementation via revenue-producing licensing agreements by the end of 2022. This includes the completion of a demonstration plant at its commercialization and development facility in...

  • Sealaska ANCSA Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Data Mine North magazine

    Sealaska strives to build a better future

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 6, 2022

    Seeking economic and cultural prosperity for its more than 23,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders while also looking to provide even greater benefits for future generations, Sealaska takes a balanced approach to developing the resources growing above and stored beneath its lands in Southeast Alaska. This does not mean the Southeast Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation shuns mining or other resource development in its region, a nearly 600-mile... Full story

  • A North of 60 rare earths supply chain

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 2, 2021

    A recent agreement between Vital Metals Ltd. and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. marks a major milestone in establishing a complete North American rare earths supply chain with links in Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, and Alaska. Vital has already established Canada's only rare earths mine at its Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories and is building a processing facility in Saskatchewan to upgrade the high-grade ore into a midstream carbonated product with a mix of rare...

  • Ucore Rare Metals Bokan Mountain rare earths Alaska Prince Wales Dotson Ridge

    USFS okays Bokan rare earths exploration

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 2, 2021

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Nov. 17 announced that the United States Forest Service has issued a one-year authorization for trenching and bulk sampling at the Bokan Mountain rare earths project in Southeast Alaska. Located on Prince of Wales Island, the Dotson Ridge deposit at Ucore's Bokan Mountain project hosts 4.79 million metric tons of indicated resource containing 31,722 metric tons of total rare earth oxides – 14 lanthanide elements, yttrium, and scandium – plus 1.05 met...

  • State Alaska Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act LIsa Murkowski Dan Sullivan

    Fed policies good, bad news for US miners

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 2, 2021

    The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act brightens an otherwise gloomy outlook when it comes to federal policies that impact Alaska and its mining sector. "I believe this is truly historic for our state," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said during a Nov. 17 address at the Alaska Resources Conference. While the massive infrastructure bill passage was chalked up as a political win for President Joe Biden, the billions of dollars to be invested into upgrading and... Full story

  • Ketchikan Alaska Ucore Rare Metals Southeast Conference Strategic Metals Complex

    A SE Alaska resource development complex

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 14, 2021

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Oct. 7 announced that it has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Alaska's Southeast Conference for the evaluation and potential establishment of a Natural Resource Development Complex that would host Ucore's planned Alaska Strategic Metals Complex, a facility for processing rare earth elements and other critical minerals. "The establishment of the MOA between Ucore and Southeast Conference is an important moment in the development of the Alaska S...

  • Critical Minerals Alliances tin Rio Tinto MIT solder tin Ucore Rare Metals Tofty

    Tin has been critical for 5,500 years

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 30, 2021

    From the advancements of technology during the Bronze Age to the computers and telecommunication systems of today's Big Data Era, tin has been critical to human progress for at least 5,500 years. Sometime around 3500 BC, Sumerians living in modern day Turkey and Iran discovered that mixing a little tin with copper created bronze, an alloy that produced much more durable weapons and tools than those cast from copper alone. This cutting-edge discovery offered a strategic and... Full story

  • REE rare earth elements 17 15 lanthanides yttrium scandium USGS Mojave Desert

    Made in North America rare earths return

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 16, 2021

    Roughly 38,000 metric tons of rare earth concentrates were produced from American soil during 2020, yet the United States remains 100% reliant on foreign countries for its supply of these 17 elements critical to our modern high-tech society – an apparent paradox that speaks to the complexities of these enigmatic metals. The irony of rare earth elements (REEs) begins with their name, which is at the same time a misnomer and accurate descriptor. "All the REEs except p... Full story

  • Ucore Rare Metals National Mining Association NMA Bokan Mountain REE

    Future US rare earths supplier joins NMA

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 19, 2021

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Aug. 11 announced that it has joined the National Mining Association, which advocates for United States mining to Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and others in Washington, D.C. Ucore's joining with the more than 250 other corporate and organization members of NMA coincides with its preparation to construct the Alaska Strategic Metals Complex rare earth element processing facility by the end of 2023. "Ucore's membership in the National...

  • Ucore Rare Metals Innovations Metals US supply chain plan Biden administration

    US supply chain plan, Alaska2023 aligned

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 17, 2021

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. believes the Biden administration's newly announced strategy to strengthen America's supply chains aligns with its own vision to disrupt China's dominance of the rare earth elements supply chain in the United States. "We are very pleased with the White House's concern for REEs and its efforts to spur the domestic production of critical materials," said Ucore Rare Metals Chairman and CEO Pat Ryan. Based on the feedback from a 100-day American supply...

  • critical minerals Alaska EV graphite copper zinc cobalt lithium-ion batteries

    Once in a century opportunity for Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 29, 2021

    From a world-class graphite deposit in the Northwest to rare earths on the Southeast Panhandle, Alaska has the potential to offer a sustainable and secure supply to meet the coming explosive demand for the minerals and metals crucial to the renewable energy and electric vehicle sectors in North America and around the globe. International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, estimates that this shift to low-carbon energy and electric mobility will create nearly... Full story

  • Ucore Rare Metals Inc Innovation Metals Corp REE AIDEA SMC Ketchikan Alaska2023

    Ucore strengthens support for Alaska SMC

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 28, 2021

    The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the formalization of a preliminary due-diligence process for a potential US$3 million to US$5 million investment for the development and commercial-scale operation of the rare earths separation facility Ucore Rare Metals Inc. plans to build near the Southeast Alaska port town of Ketchikan. Development of this Alaska Strategic Metals Complex, or Alaska SMC, is the first step towar... Full story

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