22 min

Rare earths: Scarcity at your fingertips Quartz Obsession

    • Business

A group of 17 elements make up a little-known group called rare earth metals. They are notoriously tricky to extract, which is unfortunate since they’re key components in smartphones, batteries, motors, and wind turbines, and essential to a clean-energy future. China has a near monopoly on the mining and processing of rare earth metals, but as demand for them rises, other countries are looking to get into the game.
Sponsored by American Express
Photograph by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi

A group of 17 elements make up a little-known group called rare earth metals. They are notoriously tricky to extract, which is unfortunate since they’re key components in smartphones, batteries, motors, and wind turbines, and essential to a clean-energy future. China has a near monopoly on the mining and processing of rare earth metals, but as demand for them rises, other countries are looking to get into the game.
Sponsored by American Express
Photograph by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi

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