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Rare Earth Elements: Pathfinder

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  • Describe why rare earth elements have similar chemical properties.
  • In what way are rare earths “rare?”
  • What percentage of rare earth minerals comes from China?
  • How do you think limiting the export of rare earth minerals from China would affect the rest of the world?
  • Does mining rare-earth elements needed to manufacture electric vehicles harm the environment?
  • Should the U.S. Energy Department guarantee loans for rare earth mining projects?

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