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Critical Minerals Alaska – Cobalt

More EVs, unstable supply put battery metal on critical list North of 60 Mining News – June 1, 2018


Last updated 9/25/2020 at 4:58am

Critical battery minerals Alaska, cobalt exploration, Trilogy Metals

Rob Lavinsky,, Creative Commons

This is a beautiful specimen of covellite and pyrite is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that currently provides more than half of the world's current cobalt supply, primarily as a by-product of copper.

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 mined in the United States. With at least one advanced stage exploration project in Alaska looking into the potential of producing cobalt alongside its copper, America's 49th State could provide a domestic sourc...

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