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Old 10-12-2019, 10:40 PM   #7444 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by litesong View Post
Yeah, I hate to give communist china (always small letters) any more of an advantage, as they develop their cheating free enterprise methods. The rare earths are bad on the environment, specially in communist chinese (always small letters) mining & productions.

Do you think any of the alternatives in Europe, to make less intensive REE magnets or superconductors or Great Britain's ferrite magnets have reasonable directions toward efficient production & use?

I love the idea of the gearless wind turbines, specially in huge applications.
Aside from China the only countries mining rare earths and not getting them as a byproduct of something else is Russia and a few countries in Africa.
Last time I checked western Europe had effectively 0, China had 80%, Russia had most of the remainder.
The us may have restarted rare earth mining after about a 35 year break.
The problem with rare earth mining is all the unwanted radio crap that comes with rare earth mining. For every unit of mass of rare earth product you get, an equal amount of useless radio active crap comes with.
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