The Reading / Listening - Rare-Earth Metals - Level 4

Researchers have found reserves of rare-earth metals (REMs) to meet global demand for up to 700 years. Scientists surveyed the Pacific Ocean floor 2,000 kilometers southeast of Tokyo. They say the REMs have "the potential to supply these metals on a semi-infinite basis to the world". Researchers believe the area has over 16 million tons of REMs. There is, "great potential...for some of the most critically important elements in modern society".



There are a total of 17 rare-earth metals. These elements have fairly unknown names, like europium and terbium. Their use has greatly increased with our need for high-tech products. REMs are widely used in hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, disc drives, portable electronics and many other products. Around 90 per cent of REMs used in advanced electronics currently come from China. The new discovery near Japan could bring down prices.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rare-Earth Metals - Level 5 or  Rare-Earth Metals - Level 6

Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/tech/japan-team-maps-%27semi-infinite%27-rare-earth-reserves
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2a/00m/0na/014000c
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare-earth_element


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers have found
  2. meet
  3. Scientists surveyed the
  4. on a semi-
  5. the area has over
  6. great
  7. some of the most critically
  8. in modern
  1. potential
  2. reserves
  3. society
  4. global demand
  5. important elements
  6. infinite basis
  7. Pacific Ocean floor
  8. 16 million tons

Paragraph 2

  1. There are a total
  2. These elements have fairly
  3. their use has greatly
  4. our need for high-
  5. REMs are widely
  6. hybrid
  7. portable
  8. bring
  1. tech products
  2. increased
  3. down prices
  4. vehicles
  5. electronics
  6. of 17 rare-earth metals
  7. used
  8. unknown names

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers (1) ___________________ of rare-earth metals (REMs) to meet global demand for up to 700 years. (2) ___________________ Pacific Ocean floor 2,000 kilometers southeast of Tokyo. They say the REMs have "the (3) ___________________ these metals on a semi-infinite basis to the world". Researchers (4) ___________________ has over 16 million tons of REMs. There (5) ___________________...for some of the most critically important (6) ___________________ society".

There (7) ___________________ of 17 rare-earth metals. These elements (8) ___________________ names, like europium and terbium. Their use has greatly increased with (9) ___________________ high-tech products. REMs are widely used (10) ___________________, wind turbines, disc drives, portable electronics and many other products. Around 90 per cent of REMs used in advanced electronics (11) ___________________ China. The new discovery near Japan could (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchershavefoundreservesofrare-earthmetals(REMs)tomeetg
lobaldemandforupto700years.ScientistssurveyedthePacificOceanfl
oor2,000kilometerssoutheastofTokyo.TheysaytheREMshave"thepo
tentialtosupplythesemetalsonasemi-infinitebasistotheworld".Resea
rchersbelievetheareahasover16milliontonsofREMs.Thereis,"greatp
otential...forsomeofthemostcriticallyimportantelementsinmoderns
ociety".Thereareatotalof17rare-earthmetals.Theseelementshavef
airlyunknownnames,likeeuropiumandterbium.Theirusehasgreatlyi
ncreasedwithourneedforhigh-techproducts.REMsarewidelyusedinh
ybridvehicles,windturbines,discdrives,portableelectronicsandmany
otherproducts.Around90percentofREMsusedinadvancedelectronics
currentlycomefromChina.ThenewdiscoverynearJapancouldbringdo
wnprices.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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