The Use Of Technical Equipment On The Environment And How New Environmental Regulations Will Affect The Cost Of These Rare Earths

2253 Words Nov 8th, 2016 10 Pages
Rare earths are very significant when it comes to the development and use of technical equipment as they can be very important to the performance of the unit. An example of an everyday piece of technology that uses rare earths is the IPhone. Apple has said that the IPhone uses eight rare earths, from everything from the colored screen, to speakers, to the miniature circuits inside the phone. Although the amount of rare earths in the phone is very little, the demand for rare earths will continue to increase as the phones become more and more popular. Also phones do not have a very long life so as more are made, more rare earths will be used. As more rare earths are used it also brings up the question of how this is affects the environment and how new environmental regulations will affect the cost of these rare earth elements.
Rare Earths Rare earth elements may be some of the least known elements, although they allow us to use some of our most important technology that we have become accustomed to in the past years. Rare earth elements are seventeen chemical elements that are the fifteen lanthanides as well as scandium and yttrium. Rare earth elements were discovered in 1787 by a Swedish Army Lieutenant named Carl Axel. They were first commercially produced in the 1880s when they were mined in Sweden and Norway. From 1940 to 1990 the United States produced and mined rare earths from Mountain Pass mine in California which was the largest resource of these elements in the…

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