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The importance of recycling rare earth metals and minerals

“Rare earth” doesn’t mean a patch of soil that’s endangered as such. It refers to a series of metallic elements that while plentiful, are difficult to find in commercially viable quantities. The elements include: Scandium Yttrium Lanthanum Cerium Praseodymium Neodymium Promethium Samarium Europium Gadolinium Terbium Dysprosium Holmium Erbium Thulium Ytterbium Lutetium Compounds of these elements […]

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Johannesburg gold riches spawn acid water woes

South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, may soon start being eaten away by acidic water flowing from the mines that created its astronomical fortunes. Mines dug more than a century ago stretching about 40 km (25 miles) along one of the world’s largest gold deposits have reached their water storage limit and will start leaking […]

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Mining can threaten SA’s water security, WWF warns

The World Wide Fund for Nature on Monday urged mining companies not to choose areas that are environmentally sensitive for prospecting.

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