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Researchers look to tap rare earths from mine waste

By Laura Syrett
Published: Monday, 16 June 2014

The push to establish new ways of accessing rare earths besides mining have intensified the focus on recycling the minerals from waste streams, including mine tailings and end-of-life consumer products.

Research institutions are throwing their weight behind the drive to find alternative sources of rare earths to Chinese mines, with a number of studies looking into the possibility of recovering the elements from waste streams of other minerals. Alternatives being investigated include red mud residue leftover from bauxite mining, waste...

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