Report details rare-earth elements in Australia

29 June 2011


Cover of major rare-earth element deposits of Australia

Cover of major rare-earth-
element deposits of Australia
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A comprehensive monograph on Australia's rare-earth elements will provide valuable information for mining companies, explorers and investors seeking details on the country's occurrences of this group of metals.

Titled The major rare-earth-element deposits of Australia: geological setting, exploration, and resources, the report describes the distribution, geological characteristics, resources and potential of major deposits of rare-earth elements in Australia.

It also examines the criteria considered important for the formation of rare-earth-element deposits and suggested exploration guidelines relevant to Australia.

The rare-earth elements are a group of 17 metals which have unique and strategically important chemical, magnetic and luminescent properties. They have applications in many emerging technologies associated with the information, environment and energy industries as well as in transport, defence and aerospace.

Rare-earth elements are becoming increasingly more attractive for the mining and minerals exploration industry as growing demand and a narrow global supply base serve to regularly force up prices.

The major rare-earth-element deposits of Australia: geological setting, exploration, and resources is available as a free download.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013