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Boeing launches search for crucial rare earth elements
msnbc ^ | 20 Sept 2010 | Jeremy Hsu

Posted on 09/20/2010 9:10:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Minerals, facing shortage, are key for military hardware, cell phones.

Boeing has signed a deal to deploy remote sensing technology to map out U.S. deposits of rare earth elements.

The rare earth family of minerals is the real-life version of the precious element "unobtanium" in James Cameron's movie "Avatar." They are used to make everything from military hardware to humble cell phones, but could soon be in short supply as worldwide demand outstrips mining production in China.

The aerospace and defense giant announced today that it will confirm rare earth mining claims held by U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. at locations in Idaho and Montana and also aid in the search for new deposits.

"They’re very interested in finding and validating domestic reserves," said Patrick Kennedy, public relations coordinator for U.S. Rare Earths.

This marks the latest step in a global race to hunt down rare earth deposits. China currently supplies as much as 97 percent of the world's rare earth oxides, but has recently taken steps to cut back on exports and feed the growing demands of its own industries.

New rare earth mines in the U.S., Australia, Canada and South Africa won't start up until at least 2014, based on industry estimates. But major corporations such as General Electric and Toyota have begun quietly moving to secure their own supplies in case of a shortfall.

Early lab analyses by Boeing have confirmed "light" and scarcer "heavy" rare earth elements in samples from the U.S. Rare Earths holdings.

One of the highest concentrations of rare earth elements appeared in a previously unannounced deposit staked out at North Fork, Idaho. Surveys showed about 5.8 percent rare earth elements on average within the deposit's rocks, said Ed Cowle, CEO of U.S. Rare Earths.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mining; neodymium; rareearthelements; rareearths; ree

1 posted on 09/20/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Praise the Praseodymium.


2 posted on 09/20/2010 9:11:24 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: smokingfrog

I thought that we had the minerals but we closed our mines?


3 posted on 09/20/2010 9:11:33 PM PDT by utherdoul
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To: smokingfrog

The article’s author misspelled unobtainium.


4 posted on 09/20/2010 9:12:43 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: smokingfrog

LOL! They are F’ed. Chinese got there already.


5 posted on 09/20/2010 9:18:29 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: smokingfrog

The left said that we did not need to worry about shortages of rare earth metals. The only shortages will be for evil petroleum.


6 posted on 09/20/2010 9:18:35 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: rfp1234

I’m hoping for some Democrat unobtanium in Nov.


7 posted on 09/20/2010 9:18:59 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog

A honest democrat?


8 posted on 09/20/2010 9:19:49 PM PDT by ully2 (ully)
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To: rfp1234

Won’t matter, EPA will declare them off limits.


9 posted on 09/20/2010 9:22:00 PM PDT by ully2 (ully)
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To: smokingfrog

i thought they found the mother load of rare earths in afghanistan recently.


10 posted on 09/20/2010 9:22:40 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: smokingfrog

short supply as worldwide demand outstrips mining production in China.

Right, tell it to a democrat
they’ll believe anything!


11 posted on 09/20/2010 9:23:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smokingfrog

The EnviroNazi left will fight tooth and nail to stop any mining of this, funded by the folks who do control the supply, China.

Unless of course, it’s owned by a bunch of Connected Dems, like the Only U.S> mine now is!


12 posted on 09/20/2010 9:29:47 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: mamelukesabre

They did find some strategic minerals over there, but I’m not sure exactly what. Supposed to be worth in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars. (Heck, 0bama could spend that in a couple of weeks.)


13 posted on 09/20/2010 9:31:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog

Obamatanium. Stops an economy dead in its tracks.


14 posted on 09/20/2010 9:31:43 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: spyone
The Most Dense Element
15 posted on 09/20/2010 9:34:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: rfp1234
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL06CzXF3ns

Praseyodymium
16 posted on 09/20/2010 9:44:24 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: smokingfrog

I`m rarin` to go find `em!


17 posted on 09/20/2010 9:51:23 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: smokingfrog
In Order of Density:



Osmium - Heaviest Chemical Element



White Dwarf



Neutron Star




Black Hole



Nancy Pelosi



Barbara Boxer

There is nothing denser
18 posted on 09/20/2010 9:55:04 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BigEdLB

Pelosium—black hole dense!

Aggragate material found mainly in concentrated stupidity welfare mines and DC.


19 posted on 09/20/2010 10:03:09 PM PDT by petertare (--. of)
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To: smokingfrog

North Fork, ID — upper reaches of the Salmon River in the northern Sawtooths. Hmmm


20 posted on 09/20/2010 10:05:09 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: utherdoul

And here we thought of ourselves as such open-mined people.

A mine is a terrible thing to waste.


21 posted on 09/20/2010 10:06:44 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Humble Servant

There is one Lithium mine in Silver Peak Nevada, more may be developed around Crescent Valley.

Nevada probably has a few REE deposits, our ancient volcanic activity and sediment from the old inland sea make them likely.
But Pinky Reid and the EPA/Sierra Club have put most of the state off limits to prospecting and certainly to opening new mines.

If you ever got to visit the Black Rock Desert before it became the Black Rock Wilderness via Reid’s “Amendment” conniving, you would have seen the many mineral colors apparent there.
All off limits now!


22 posted on 09/21/2010 2:20:33 AM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: smokingfrog
"...The rare earth family of minerals is the real-life version of the precious element "unobtanium" in James Cameron's movie "Avatar."..."

Wow. Can you believe this? References to "Avatar"? No wonder nobody takes MSNBC seriously.

23 posted on 09/21/2010 2:48:47 AM PDT by rlmorel (Puritianism is the fear someone is having fun. Liberalism is the fear someone is being a capitalist.)
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To: utherdoul; All

It ought to be interesting to see how quickly liberals will betray their “principles” when they have finally destroyed our energy sector, manufacturing sector, and as a result, the entire economy, and wake up one day to find out there is no gas to get to work with, no jobs to go to, no money to buy food with, and finally, no food.

Liberals are the worst offenders when it comes to being unable to “think beyond stage one” as Thomas Sowell puts it. They are always most surprised at the logical outcome to any action they propose, when that outcome is negative and one stage removed from the obvious. No wonder Thomas Sowell has said he is pessimistic.

Liberals have always taken it for granted that they will have jobs, food on the table and gas in their car, and gave us a politician who is determined to demolish all of those things.

Liberals are the ones who will scream the loudest to open up mining and drilling at the foot of Yosemite Falls itself. Perhaps then we can use our natural resources in this country.


24 posted on 09/21/2010 2:59:36 AM PDT by rlmorel (Puritianism is the fear someone is having fun. Liberalism is the fear someone is being a capitalist.)
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To: BigEdLB
There is nothing denser.

Yes, there is:


25 posted on 09/21/2010 4:27:50 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

No, Sarajevo, you are incorrect - - Your picture shows anti-matter... An exotic substance... ;)


26 posted on 09/21/2010 10:21:48 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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