Item Number: IJES25

Recent years have witnessed increasing awareness and interest in rare earth elements (REE). These several, usually unfamiliar elements are key components of countless products used in our daily lives. Because of their use in many modern technologies, including those important for national security, the demand for REE grows, and so does the production, need to find their new sources and improve the extraction. This article provides an overview of REEs, their availability, production, and uses, and briefly discusses the future of these valuable and critical metals.

Drobniak, A., and Mastalerz, M., 2022, Rare Earth Elements—A brief overview: Indiana Geological and Water Survey, Indiana Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 4. doi: 10.14434/ijes.v4i1.33628

Keywords: rare earth elements, REE, rare earths

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