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Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential

Mining Engineering

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Alaska’s known mineral endowment includes some of the largest and highest grade deposits of various metals, including gold, copper and zinc. Recently, Alaska has also been active in the worldwide search for sources of rare earth elements (REE) to replace exports now being limitedby China. Driven by limited supply of the rare earths, combined with their increasing use in new ‘green’ energy, lighting, transportation, and many other technological applications, the rare earth metals neodymium, europium and, in particular, the heavy rare earth elements terbium, dysprosium and yttrium are forecast to soon be in critical short supply (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010).

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential
Series title:
Mining Engineering
Volume
64
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
SME
Publisher location:
Englewood, CO
Contributing office(s):
Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description:
13 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Mining Engineering
First page:
20
Last page:
32
Country:
United States
State:
Alaska