SMI researchers help unlock Queensland’s rare earth elements

Researchers from UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), Faculty of Engineering Architecture and IT (EAIT), and School of Environmental and Earth Sciences (SEES) are exploring more sustainable methods of extracting Queensland’s rare earth elements (REE) as part of a new government-supported project.

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Japanese mining faces an uncertain future, says GlobalData

In contrast to its high demand for metals and minerals, Japan’s domestic industrial production is almost negligible, and has been collapsing over the last two decades. The country’s Metal Mining Agency (MMA) reported that between 1970 and 2001, the number of operating mines fell from 246 to 14, and the number of people employed in the mining sector fell from 34,000 people to just 405 over this period.

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