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The Next Great Resource Rush: Rare Earth Metals

Right now, China produces most of the rare earth metals used in hybrid engines and wind turbines. But Japan just found 100 billion tons of the stuff.

Neodymium. Lanthanum. Dysprosium. These elements, part of a set of 17 rare earth elements, help make hybrid engines run. They power LED lightbulbs. They’re used in wind turbines. They’re resources fundamental to the design of these and other clean-energy technologies, as well as smartphones and computer screens.

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