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Aug 11, 2021
State funds to spur rare earth phytomining work

State funds to spur rare earth phytomining work

A study into plants with a propensity to gather rare earths through ‘phytomining’ has attracted $1 million in backing from the State Government. The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute is looking at whether certain types of native plants found at rare earth element-rich sites in Queensland can draw those metals out of the soil… This content is for iQ Indust...

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Aug 02, 2021
High hopes for standout rare earth project

High hopes for standout rare earth project

Scale rather than grade is the attraction of a very unusual rare earth deposit that explorer NorthX is preparing to drill in Central Queensland. The Peaks project near Capella is based on peralkaline rhyolite formations in the shape of three raised volcanic domes. NorthX exploration manager Stewart Parker said the only known similar deposit in… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ...

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Mar 15, 2021
Niche processing models for rare earth minerals

Niche processing models for rare earth minerals

Hybrid models of rare earth minerals processing are likely to be the way forward as demand for niche elements increases. Critical minerals used for defence, communications and renewable energy technologies among others, are a focus for Federal and State governments who are encouraging expanded exploration, mining, processing and manufacturing. Potential resources have been identified in… Th...

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Nov 24, 2020
Rare earths in the spotlight as study probes copper-gold links

Rare earths in the spotlight as study probes copper-gold links

The Mount Isa region is well positioned to ride the surge in rare earth interest, hosting both light and heavy rare earths associated with different types of mineralisation common to the area, a researcher says. PhD student Ross Chandler is part of a team investigating why some copper-gold deposits in Mount Isa Inlier host rare… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil,...

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Oct 30, 2020
Spotlight on Queensland’s critical minerals might

Spotlight on Queensland’s critical minerals might

A raft of Queensland projects targeting critical minerals such as vanadium, graphite and cobalt are being promoted in an Association of Mining and Exploration Companies initiative. AMEC has compiled an investment opportunities document to pique investor and company interests in the critical minerals sector domestically and internationally. The document contains project information for a range̷...

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Oct 12, 2020
‘Elegant solution’ to target  rare earth concentrations

‘Elegant solution’ to target rare earth concentrations

University of Exeter researchers have revealed a new hypothesis to predict where rare earth elements neodymium and dysprosium could be found. The elements are an essential part of digital and clean energy manufacturing, including magnets in large wind turbines and electric car motors. Research led by Professor Frances Wall from the University of Exeter’s Camborne… This content is for ...

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Sep 28, 2020
Centrex homes in on rare earth potential at Ardmore

Centrex homes in on rare earth potential at Ardmore

Centrex Metals is looking to put a figure on the rare earth potential at its Ardmore phosphate project as it gears up for a short mining campaign early next year. In a company update today, Centrex said a preliminary study was underway into the potential for commercial quantities of rare earths at the North West… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Mini...

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Mar 11, 2020
Townsville leads the way in rare earths project

Townsville leads the way in rare earths project

Townsville-based academics will lead a research project on Australia’s endowment of rare earth elements. The Federal Government is providing $573,068 for the work, which will see James Cook University academics lead a team of experts from local and international universities and organisations, like Geoscience Australia and Northern Minerals. “Rare earth elements are growing in importance… T...

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Feb 14, 2020
Researchers tackle rare earth extraction

Researchers tackle rare earth extraction

A $920,000 Queensland project aims to give minerals explorers a ‘toolbox’ of approaches to improve extraction of rare earth elements (REE). Researchers from UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), Faculty of Engineering Architecture and IT (EAIT), and School of Environmental and Earth Sciences (SEES) are carrying out the work over four and a half years. It… This content is fo...

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