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Inventory and Evaluation of Global and Domestic Rare Earth Element Mineral Resources

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The objectives of this project task : To assess the potential future availability of rare earth elements (REE), assuming continued reductions in Chinese exports, the Geological Survey of Japan and the U.S. Geological Survey will cooperatively investigate the geologic, economic, and development potential of the principal REE deposits outside of China.

Contacts: Keith Long, 520-670-5512, klong@usgs.gov
and Bradley Van Gosen, 303-236-1566, bvangose@usgs.gov

  USGS Circular 1365, showing photovoltaic cell array

USGS report provides information on the importance of gallium, and other elements, in solar panel production

  Sub-Tasks:

Subtask 3.1 - Inventory of Global Rare Earth Elements Resources (to update Orris, G.J., and R.I. Grauch, 2002, Rare Earth Element Mines, Deposits, and Occurrences: USGS Open-File Report 02-189)

Subtask 3.2 - Geologic, Geochemical, and Geophysical Characterization of Rare Earth Elements-Bearing Carbonatite and Peralkaline Intrusive Systems

Subtask 3.3 - REE Resources (and Ga) in Quartz-Alunite Alteration

Subtask 3.4 – REE (and Ga) in Residual Materials

Subtask 3.5: REE-bearing Phosphate Resources

Subtask 3.6. Studies of the Mountain Pass rare-earth carbonatite complex

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