Afghanistan Desert Contains Significant New Light REE Deposit

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"Scientists believe the Khanneshin carbonatite contains high concentrations of LREEs, such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium."

Mineweb, Dorothy Kosich

The U.S. Geological Survey says a "significant new deposit of light rare earth elements"—containing at least 1 million tons of LREE—lies within the Khanneshin carbonatite in the Registan Desert, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Agency scientists believe the Khanneshin carbonatite contains high concentrations of light rare earth elements (LREE), such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium. It also has significant concentrations of barium, strontium, phosphorus and uranium.

A zone of prospective LREE enrichment was delineated by Soviet geological teams in the mid-1970s. . .View Full Article

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