CNET has a detailed report on the mining of rare earth minerals (also called rare earth elements) and created this infographic that shows how they are being used inside the iPhone (and also other smartphones.) And that is why I thought this graphic was worth sharing — so at least we know what is being used and where. Rare earth metals are likely to be a major source of contention in coming years. China is a major supplier of these minerals. (via Randy Krum)
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Yes, but isn’t CBS involved in a lawsuit with a company that produces a product that is assembled in China? I don’t see how this infographic made it pass legal.
Greenland will soon become a major source of rare-earth minerals and additional deposits may be uncovered as glaciers retreat.