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Bloomberg: Afghanistan’s embattled Helmand region holds rare-earth elements

September 15, 2011

Afghanistan’s Helmand province, scene of some of the heaviest fighting between US forces and the Taliban, holds at least 1 million metric tons of rare-earth elements such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, according to a study by the US Geological Survey.

The deposits in the geological formation known as the Khanneshin carbonatite are comparable in quality to commercially exploited deposits in Bayan Obo, China, and Mountain Pass, California, the USGS said today in a statement.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 15, 2011 20:10

    A potential bright commercial future is now blocked by terror war and this may be one of the reason of talibans oppositions and attacks.
    Big deposit and contestual great economic entries must not be lost (this their thoughts).
    The Afghan people may know and understand that this potentrial is on the hand of fews, when they survive.
    May we obtain this comprension and the people liberation by talibans oppression?
    My hope is positive.
    Claudio Alpaca

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