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Rare earth metals: Will we have enough?

Life in the 21st century wouldn't be the same without rare earth metals. Cell phones, iPads, laptops, televisions, hybrid cars, wind turbines, solar cells and many more products depend on rare earth metals to function. Will ...

dateSep 20, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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The Isthmus of Panama: Out of the Deep Earth

As dates in geologic history go, the formation of the slender land bridge that joins South America and North America is a red-letter one. More than once over the past 100 million years, the two great landmasses have been ...

dateApr 01, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Swiss glacier finely tuned to climate changes

(PhysOrg.com) -- During the last ice age, the Rhone Glacier was the dominant glacier in the Alps, covering a significant part of Switzerland. Over the next 11,500 years or so, the glacier, which forms the headwaters of the ...

dateJun 06, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Undersea clues to Haiti's earthquake history

(PhysOrg.com) -- For all of its violent destruction, the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, hardly scratched the surface of the island. But scientists now say they have found some of the best clues to understanding ...

dateJul 22, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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