Japanese island could be rare earth elements 'game changer' - Supply Management
The island of Minami Torishima potentially has a 'semi infinite' supply of rare earths © World Meteorological Organization
The island of Minami Torishima potentially has a 'semi infinite' supply of rare earths © World Meteorological Organization

Japanese island could be rare earth elements 'game changer'

18 April 2018

A tiny, barren Japanese island could be about to dramatically shake up the world market in rare earth elements due to extraordinarily mineral-rich deep sea mud found off its coastline.

Economists have described the find off Minamitorishima Island, 1,200km off the coast of Japan, as a “game changer”.

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