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Rare earth deposits in the West

Infographic/Photo Essay - April 18, 2011 by U.S.Geological Survey
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patrick beres
patrick beres
Jul 30, 2011 06:30 PM
You forgot the brand new rare earth deposit in southeastern Nebraska a soon to be heap leach operation under the Nebraska cornfields, being drilled in 100' centers right now "Nebraska is one of those places the coastees like to dis as nowhere. Nebraska is a big mostly flat state that if driving across is best done at night. It’s as dull a drive as can be imagined on I-80. Not many folks there, for all the noise over the Cornhusker Kickback, it wouldn’t have involved many people.

May 5th 2010 saw a not well-noticed announcement that Quantum Rare Earth Developments of Vancouver, BC, Canada was drawn to a 14-square-mile deposit on the Nebraska Johnson-Pawnee County line because of increasing demand for rare earth elements and the political uncertainty of current supplies from places such as China and Brazil.

Axcess News headlines the prospect: Largest Rare Earth Mine in the World Discovered in Nebraska. A bit comical to the locals, the so-called “Elk Creek carbonatite” formation has been known locally and among state geologists for more than 40 years. More than 100 test drillings were done in the 1970s and 1980s. But with the minerals 500 feet or deeper, it was too expensive to commercially mine. Cheaper and more easily accessible supplies were available overseas."citation----http://newenergyandfuel.com/[…]/
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