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An EV drives past wind turbines on a rural road to the mountains.

Canada to feed a minerals hungry world

Develops strategy to be the world's critical minerals supplier of choice Understanding that the renewable energy and electric vehicle revolution offers a "generational opportunity for... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News 
Geologists explore highly mineralized rock at Sun VMS project in Northwest AK.

BLM begins Ambler Road reevaluation

Federal agency is accepting public input on second Ambler Road EIS until Nov. 4 After months of uncertainty, the United States Bureau of Land Management has provided some clarity to the... — Updated 9/22/2022 Full story

 
Closeup of several green rough uncut emerald crystals.

The kryptonite of America's economy

Lack of domestic critical mineral supplies weakens US clean energy ambitions The White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are becoming increasingly aware that a lack of secure supplies... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Cobalt is a transition metal between iron and nickel on the periodic table.

Critical cobalt overshadowed by lithium

Replacing this oft-maligned lithium-ion battery metal comes at a cost Traditionally a headline-grabbing metal due to the perceived human rights and monetary costs it adds to lithium-ion... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Bottle of nickel sulfate from BHP’s Kwinana refinery in Western Australia.

More low-carbon nickel the plea for 2022

Tesla and other automakers clamor for nickel suppliers with low CO2 footprint Tesla CEO Elon Musk's 2020 appeal to "please mine more nickel" served as a rallying cry for mining companies... — Updated 9/16/2022

 
Wooden tiles with each of the elements on the periodic table.

Critical minerals are not set in stone

Supply, demand, and risks to the US supply chain define criticality Metaphorically speaking, critical minerals are not set in stone. Instead, the criticality of these basic building... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
Infotainment and navigation system interface in a Tesla Model X EV.

Minerals critical to the EV Revolution

Electric Vehicles require six times the minerals than their fossil fuel forebearers With even the most basic models boasting sophisticated driver-assist, navigation, infotainment, diagnos... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
Alaska Native men carving ivory with various tools.

Natural resources are tied to survival

"What is the impact of not mining in Alaska?" Liz Cornejo, vice president Dowa Metals & Mining Alaska, asked during the 2022 Alaska's Minerals: A Strategic National Imperative... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Piles of praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

Alaska's minerals – a national imperative

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, America's tenuous relationship with China, and global competition for the enormous volume of mined materials needed to build the envisioned clean energy futu... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
DOE organization ReCell Center displays all battery materials.

Urban mining to provide for critical deficit

Critical minerals can be recycled from decades of e-waste The necessity of reclaiming waste as a means to curb the seemingly impossible material requirements of a renewable future is fost... — Updated 9/15/2022

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

Making rare earths separation less rare

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... — Updated 9/15/2022

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

Seven world transforming rare earths

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 fut... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
A satellite view of a coal ash landfill in Pennsylvania.

Outside-the-box critical mineral sources

Coal ash, acid drainage, and tailings for future green economy As the world continues to prime itself for the global energy shift, academia, governments and the private sector are scrambl... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
U.S. military uses antimony in a wide array of equipment to protect the country.

Antimony at top of strategic concerns

Russia and China's control of global supplies worry DC lawmakers From its uses in flame retardants that have saved countless American lives to being an important ingredient in batteries... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
Large wind turbines silhouetted by the Milky Way and a cityscape.

Zinc galvanizes US critical minerals list

A blue-collar metal that is vital to weatherizing envisioned green energy future Critical minerals are typically thought of as obscure rare earth elements cloaked in geopolitical... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Northwest Territories First Nation drummers perform on an ore sorter catwalk.

Ore sorting upgrades North of 60 mines

"Grade is king" is an adage that guides mineral exploration and mining. The premise behind this basic axiom of the mining business is the less ore that needs to be mined and processed per... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
The iconic red and blue buildings at Red Dog reflect off pond at the zinc mine.

Red Dog Mine posts another strong quarter

Teck Resources Ltd. July 26 reported another quarter of strong zinc production and revenues from its Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. During the second quarter of this year, Red Dog... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
A Nechalacho ore sorter operator looks over bags of rare earths concentrates.

NWT mining future takes a critical turn

Rare earths from the Nechalacho Mine being delivered into the supply chain marks the opening of a new critical minerals chapter in the story of mining in Northwest Territories – a saga... — Updated 7/7/2022 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Northern Lights at a rare earths mining operation in Northwest Territories.

Vital eyes more advances at Nechalacho

Though the 2022 field season is scarcely underway, Vital Metals Ltd., Canada's first rare earths producer, is already eyeing a second banner year at its Nechalacho REE mining operation... — Updated 6/27/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Teck Resources Alaska Red Dog zinc germanium critical minerals fiber optics

America's largest critical minerals mine

On Feb. 22, 2022, Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska became the largest critical minerals operation in the United States, both in terms of quantity and value of the... — Updated 6/11/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Ucore Rare Metals Alaska Strategic Metals Complex building.

Ucore regroups and advances Alaska SMC

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... — Updated 4/28/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Alaska Mike Dunleavy Joe Biden DPA Defense Production Act UKMP Ambler road

Dunleavy to Biden: reconsider Ambler Road

While hailing President Joe Biden's use of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic production of critical lithium-ion battery minerals and metals as good news for the Far North... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
Ambler Metals LLC Trilogy South32 joint venture UKMP Upper Kobuk Mineral map

Arctic assays meet high expectations

Trilogy Metals Inc. March 17 reported additional "outstanding but not unexpected" results from the 2021 infill drilling at the Arctic deposit on the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects in... — Updated 3/24/2022 Full story

 
Tibbs property Pogo Goodpaster Mining District Alaska map Tectonic Metals

Pogo-style gold veins discovered at Tibbs

Tectonic Metals Inc. March 10 announced that its 2021 Phase II drill program at the Tibbs gold project in Alaska's Goodpaster Mining District has discovered the elusive low-angle,... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
World Copper editorial Nolan Peterson North of 60 Mining News low-carbon

Copper's vital role in low-carbon economy

When most people think about the metals driving the alternative energy revolution, lithium, vanadium, cobalt and rare earths spring to mind. As recently reported by EE Times Europe,... — Updated 3/4/2022 Full story

 

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