Rare earth minerals on the Pacific floor – an annotated graphic

Japanese scientists recently announced that they had identified huge deposits of rare earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Rare earth metals are crucial to making high-tech electronics. The discovery of minerals that can be readily extracted from the floor of the Pacific Ocean presents a stiff challenge to China’s current dominance of the metals market. E&T covered this rare earth minerals story in more detail earlier this week.

This helpful graphic gives an overview of the rare earth minerals market.

Click on the graphic for a larger view.

Vast rare earth deposits found in the Pacific
Vast rare earth deposits found in the Pacific
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