Though REE deposits are abundant in many countries, China has dominated production over the past 20 years. Despite containing only 37% of proven global REE reserves, China provides 97% of the world’s supply. New and revised sources of REE and yttrium are needed in order to balance the need of the high-tech industries. The mineralogical survey of New York State shows three potential sources for the REE and yttrium minerals: Grenville-age magnetite-fluorapatite, pegmatite, and vein deposits and occurrences. A Museum team of scientists and research associates will do mixed mapping and analytical work to substantiate the REE and yttrium sources of New York.
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Rare Earth Element (REE) and yttrium mineral potential of New York