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Fiber-optics, solar drive germanium demand

Vital optics metal already a byproduct of mining Red Dog zinc

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 significant amount of one of these vital metals – germanium.

While not a widely known metal, germanium has optical qualities that make it an important ingredient in fiber-optics, infrared optics, electronics and solar energ...


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