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Rare Earth Elements in U.S. Not So Rare

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November 25, 2010 18:47 

Source:  [DocuTicker] Newsletter 158

Rare Earth Elements in U.S. Not So Rare
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

This estimate of domestic rare earth deposits is part of a larger report that includes a review of global sources for REE, information on known deposits that might provide domestic sources of REE in the future, and geologic information crucial for studies of the availability of REE to U.S. industry.

The report describes significant deposits of REE in 14 states, with the largest known REE deposits at Mountain Pass, Calif.; Bokan Mountain, Alaska; and the Bear Lodge Mountains, Wyo. The Mountain Pass mine produced REE until it closed in 2002. Additional states with known REE deposits include Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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Nature interview with Phil Jones ("Climategate")

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"The climate scientist at the centre of last year's media storm over stolen documents received 200 abusive or threatening e-mails. In an extensive interview with Nature to mark the anniversary of the Climategate affair, Phil Jones of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, discusses the personal abuse he received, his treatment by colleagues and his regrets -- or lack of them."

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News item email from Nature Publishing Group [Nature.Publishing.Group@ealert.nature.com] Nov. 18, 2010

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