Gap Fill - Rare-Earth Metals - Level 4


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

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

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