This presentation was made at the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library Conference on Washington, DC on October 16, 2012.


Rare earth minerals contain unique chemical and physical properties such as lanthanum, are found in small concentrations, need extensive precise processes to separate, and are critical components of modern technologies such as laser guidance systems, personal electronics such as Blackberries, and satellites. The U.S. has some rare earth resources, but is heavily dependent on access to them from from Afghanistan, Bolivia, and China. Losing access to these resources would have significant economic, military, and political implications. This presentation will highlight government information resources on rare earth minerals from agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Congress, and congressional support agencies.


rare earth mineral, rare earth elements, rare earths, strategic minerals, geopolitics, supply chain, international security

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