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Rare earths 101 – a crisis of identity

Getting to know each element is key to understanding markets Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/20/2022 at 4:36am

Cubes depicting the 15 rare earth elements as they appear on the periodic table.

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Rare earths consist of a group of 15 lanthanide elements that make up the second from bottom row on the periodic table.

Rare earth elements suffer from a crisis of identity. Often referred to and treated as one commodity, REEs are actually a group of 15 elements – each with its own individual and seemingly magical qualities.

"There are literally hundreds of uses for rare earths – they are unique materials, almost alchemistical magic," said Michael Silver, CEO of American Elements, a Los Angeles-based distri...



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