Abstract

Rare-earth elements (REE: lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, scandium, and yttrium) have unique chemical, magnetic, and luminescent properties that make them critical to several high-technology industries. Their applications in many emerging technologies associated with the transport, information, environment, energy, defence, nuclear, and aerospace industries have gained rapid momentum in recent years. This, together with a narrow global supply base, has led to price increases for the REE, and so they are becoming an increasingly attractive commodity for the mineral industry. This report describes the distribution, geological characteristics, and resources of Australia's major REE deposits as a stimulus for further research into their geological characteristics. The information and main messages presented are intended to inform the public, students, and professionals.
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Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - GA Publication - Monograph

Constraints

license
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2011

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

Keywords

GA Publication
Monograph
commodities
prospectivity
geochronology
mineral deposits
metallogenesis
Earth Sciences

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-10.0
East bound
155.0
West bound
110.0
South bound
-45.0

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Unknown

Digital Transfer Options

onLine

DISTRIBUTION Format

pdf

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Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
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Canberra
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ACT
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2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Metadata File Identifier

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Metadata Standard Name

ANZLIC Metadata Profile: An Australian/New Zealand Profile of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005, Geographic information - Metadata

Metadata Standard Version

1.1

Metadata Date Stamp

2011-05-11

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

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pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address
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