Japan and Vietnam Join Forces to Exploit Rare Earth Elements
Short supplies of the metals used in high-tech applications have prompted the nations to establish a joint-research center
But Anderson cautions that such deep-sea mining may be extremely costly and complicated. “There are hundreds of defined rare-earth minerals and mineral deposits around the globe. The important point is to find deposits that can be economically developed.”
This article is reproduced with permission from the magazine Nature. The article was first published on July 13, 2012.