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Rem: Revista Escola de Minas

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ORTIZ, Carlos Enrique Arroyo  and  VIANA JUNIOR, Elias Marques. Rare earth elements in the international economic scenario. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2014, vol.67, n.4, pp.361-366. ISSN 0370-4467.

This article will focus on some relevant aspects of rare earths within the context of the mineral economy. It starts with a conceptual presentation of rare earths addressing both governmental actions, and the private sector. Then, briefly describes their chemical characteristics and their main applications. Finally, more emphasis will be given about some economic aspects: the supply chain structure, the mineral reserves, the production profile, the demand, supply and price analyses, both in the international and Brazilian contexts, and the exports and imports, highlighting China's participation in the rare earth market and concluding with the existence of a Chinese monopoly in the production of this product.

Keywords : Rares Earths; Mineral Economics; China; Monopoly.

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