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Primary Rare Earth Resources in Europe: an Overview

Goodenough, K.M.. 2015 Primary Rare Earth Resources in Europe: an Overview. [Keynote] In: REMAT2015, Wroclaw, Poland, 26-28 Oct 2015. Wroclaw, Poland.

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The rare earth elements (REE) have been identified by the European Commission as among the most critical raw materials, due a combination of their economic importance and supply risks. The supply risk is not the result of a shortage of REE resources in the Earth’s crust, but is related to a concentration of production in China. A number of supply chain issues can be recognized, including: economic challenges that currently make it very difficult to open a REE mine outside China; complex ore mineralogy and textures, which mean that a specific beneficiation flowsheet must be developed for each REE deposit; the limited number of facilities for REE extraction and separation outside China; and potential environmental problems such as the common association of the REE with U and Th.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Keynote)
Date made live: 10 Dec 2015 10:24 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/512388

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