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Molycorp Mine Digs Rare Earth in Mojave Desert

By Paul Hughes Desert Dispatch Within every color television, computer chip – even corning ware glass and catalytic converter – are particles refined from so-called rare earth mining. Chances are they were dug in the Mojave Desert. At the Molycorp Mine at Mountain Pass, along Interstate 15 about 30 miles from the California-Nevada state line, 250 people excavate, separate and ultimately refine tons of ore every week. Miners look for lanthanides, a family of 15 elements that are used in a variety of ways. Molycorp is the only mine in the world devoted exclusively to the production of lanthanides, mine... read more

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