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 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Underground chrome mine in an outline of Alaska and critical minerals.

49 critical minerals in the 49th State

From antimony historically mined near the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks to the zinc and germanium produced at the Red Dog Mine, America's 49th State is a past producer, and a... — Updated 11/16/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Tesla Roadster solar green energy Critical Minerals Alaska Germanium

Critical Minerals Alaska – Germanium

In addition to being a past producer and a future source of most of the 35 minerals and metals considered critical to the United States, Alaska currently contributes a globally... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
CERN LHC, Critical Minerals Alaska - Indispensable Twins niobium tantalum

Critical Minerals AK – Indispensable Twins

With nearly indistinguishable physical and chemical properties, niobium and tantalum are almost always found together in nature. Both are also critical to the defense, energy and... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Critical Minerals Alaska - Rhenium superalloy metal used in jet turbines

Critical Minerals Alaska – Rhenium

With a melting point of 5,756 degrees Fahrenheit and a heat-stable crystalline structure, rhenium is extremely resistant to both heat and wear. This durability makes it a vital element... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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Critical Minerals Alaska – Titanium

Titanium conjures images of the durable and lightweight metal used to build aircraft, replacement hips, high-end bicycle frames and even quality golf clubs. While its outstanding... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth

Critical Minerals Alaska – Barite

While not the flashiest of the 35 minerals on the United States Geological Survey's critical list, barite plays an essential role in America's energy sector. Barite got its name from the... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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Critical Minerals Alaska – Tungsten

Extremely hard and with the highest melting point of all the elements on the periodic table, tungsten is a vital ingredient to a wide-range of industrial and military applications, yet... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
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Critical Minerals Alaska – Chromite

A vital ingredient in stainless steel and superalloys, chromium is considered by the United States Geological Survey as "one of the Nation's most important strategic and critical... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Critical battery minerals Alaska, cobalt exploration, Trilogy Metals

Critical Minerals Alaska – Cobalt

Cobalt is an essential ingredient to optimizing the performance of batteries in the growing number of electric vehicles on global highways, yet essentially none of this battery metal is... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Bronze age weapons and tools critical mineral tin Alaska

Critical Minerals Alaska – Tin

Primarily associated with cans, cups and roofs, tin may not be the flashiest metal on the market, but it has been a strategic metal that has defined human progress since the onset of the... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth

Critical Minerals Alaska – Rare Earths

Before color televisions hit the markets in the 1960s, rare earths where a curious group of elements that had the distinction of occupying their own separate section at the bottom of the... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth

Critical Minerals Alaska – Graphite

Graphite is among the 23 metals and minerals the U.S. Geological Survey deemed critical to "the national economy and national security of the United States" in a December report,... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    In-depth

Alaska's critical mineral potential

The Trump Administration's focus on securing domestic sources of critical minerals could help re-invigorate mineral exploration and mine development in Alaska. At least 15 of the 23... — Updated 9/24/2020 Full story

 

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