North Dakota geologists search for rare earth elements


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Geologists are searching for rare earth elements in the eastern part of North Dakota in an attempt to end foreign dependence on the valuable materials used in several forms of modern technology.

Ninety percent of the world's supply of batteries, hard drives, magnets and other goods are controlled by China, The Bismarck Tribune ( ) reported.

Since 2015, researchers have taken more than 470 samples of elements, including europium, holmium and scandium, from 60 sites across the Little Missouri Badlands.

During the 2015-17 biennium, the study receive...

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