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By Stanley Mertzman
Franklin & Marshall College 

What are rare earths, crucial elements in modern technology? 4 questions answered

 

August 17, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming a focal point in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

Stanley Mertzman, a geologist whose specialty is X-ray analysis of rocks and minerals to determine their chemical composition, and who teaches mineralogy at Franklin and Marshall College, explains more about these little-k...



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