Rare earth element and rare metal inventory of central Asia

Fact Sheet 2017-3089
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Rare earth elements (REE), with their unique physical and chemical properties, are an essential part of modern living. REE have enabled development and manufacture of high-performance materials, processes, and electronic technologies commonly used today in computing and communications, clean energy and transportation, medical treatment and health care, glass and ceramics, aerospace and defense, and metallurgy and chemical refining. Central Asia is an emerging REE and rare metals (RM) producing region. A newly compiled inventory of REE-RM-bearing mineral occurrences and delineation of areas-of-interest indicate this region may have considerable undiscovered resources.

Suggested Citation

Mihalasky, M.J., Tucker, R.D., Renaud, K., and Verstraeten, I.M., 2018, Rare earth element and rare metal inventory of central Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3089, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173089.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Rare earth element and rare metal inventory of central Asia
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3089
DOI 10.3133/fs20173089
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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