Rare earths race could dive into deep sea

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Companies are planning underwater mining explorations; environmental issues remain; regulations needed

Deep sea mining could become a possible option to exploit resources of rare earths elements (REE), as a long-term demand increases and supply shortages continue.

According to a recently published report from UK-based law firm Mayer Brown, deep sea mining could provide 5% of total REE supply by 2020, rising...

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