Developing Vietnam’s mineral sands for the rare earths market

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Published: Monday, 22 September 2014

Vietnam has 3,260km of coastline, along which the main sand deposits containing ilmenite, rutile, zircon and other heavy minerals are distributed. Tran Kim Phuong* outlines how these deposits can be of use for the rare earths — or the TiO2 — market.

Vietnam’s coastal placers, of which 40 have been discovered, are located along most of the country’s coast from Mong Cai (Quang Ninh province) to Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), hosted by Quaternary sediments.

The main deposits are concentrated along the coast of central Vietnam between...

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