Rare Earths Found in Mud
Japanese researchers claim to have found more than 16 million tons of rare-earth deposits, which is equal to a few hundred years of global consumption, under the seabed near the island of Minami-Torishima, about 1,200 miles southeast of Tokyo. The scientists also said they developed a hydrocyclone separator technology to allow the resources to be extracted efficiently. Intrigued?
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