The Azimuth Project
Mineral resources


This page should contain information about minerals, how much there is expected to be mineable etc.

Rare-earth metals

The quote below comes from a conference presentation.

Of particular concern, if demand grows as projected:

  • Indium (LCDs) – 5-10y

  • Hafnium (computer chips, power stations) – 10y

  • Antimony (pharmaceuticals) – 15-20y

  • Tantalum (electronics, mobile phones) – 20-30y

References: The Guardian (2009); New Scientist (2007); Mclaren et al (1998), p205.

Gordon B. Haxel, James B. Hedrick, and Greta J. Orris, Rare earth elements – critical resources for high technology, US Geological Survey Fact Sheet 087-02, .

R. L. Jaffe, Critical elements for new energy technologies, Progress report from an APS-POPA/MRS study.