Rare Earth and Lithium Mining News

U.S. launches effort to reduce reliance on imports or critical minerals

The policy would aim to identify new domestic sources of critical minerals and increase domestic exploration, mining, recycling, etc.

Lithium rookie posts dizzying gain as promoter praises

The penny stock surged 250 percent in October when both the price of lithium and a benchmark of producers posted single-digit returns.

Trump signs order to boost U.S. production of critical minerals

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reduce dependency of critical minerals used in everything from batteries to phones.

Value of top 50 mining companies surge $140 billion in 2017

More than half the 2017 combined market cap gains for the world's largest listed miners accrued to just five firms as gold producers drop out of top 10.

Rare earth metal exposes new properties of graphene

Ames Lab scientists are working towards mastering graphene's assembly in combination with other materials.

Namibia Rare Earths one step closer to getting mining license

A 2014 Preliminary Economic Assessment concluded that the Lofdal project has the potential to produce an average of 1,500 tonnes per annum of separated rare earth oxides.

NextView to acquire Lithium X Energy Corp.

Chinese investment firm NextView has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares and warrants of Canadian Lithium X.

US lab tests record-breaking magnet

The "32 T" is 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet.

Bacanora Minerals Ltd strategic cornerstone investor & offtake agreement

NextView Capital agreed to acquire a 19.89% equity interest in Bacanora via placement of 32,976,635 common shares in the Company at 94.53 $1.26 per share.

Chile politics put Potash in tight spot on SQM stake sale

There is a lot at stake for Potash Corp, which purchased its interest in SQM piecemeal a decade ago and could stand to earn billions in the transaction.

Canadian junior to acquire five lithium projects

Azincourt says the 6,000-hectare land package included in its agreement with New Age Metals represents the largest mineral claim holdings of projects for the lithium group or type of minerals in the Bird River Greenstone Belt.

5 early-stage lithium plays to capitalize on exploding EV growth

For the past two years the silvery-white metal has been a darling of the junior mining investment space, and for good reason.

Bacanora tanks as president resigns

President and director Martin Vidal has left the post effective November 30.

Rio Tinto appoints one of its own as the company’s new chairman

After a nine-month search, the miner has picked the current leader of the remuneration committee, Simon Thompson, to assume the post in March 2018.

Battery production more than a Tesla nightmare

Ron Struthers of Struthers Resource Stock Report surveys the battery metals field and profiles one company he believes could be a new LIB anode supplier.

Why the United States needs a good vanadium deposit

The vanadium flow battery is essential for our future energy consumption requirements.

PotashCorp CEO confirms Chinese interested in lithium producer SQM

Chinese firms have shown “broad interest” in buying PotashCorp’s stake in the Chilean lithium producer SQM, according to chief executive Jochen Tilk, who declined to name interested parties or the number of bids the company has received.

Luxembourg, Japan team up to explore and mine space resources

The five-year cooperation agreement covers the exchange of information and expertise on the exploration and mining of out-of-earth resources.

Legacy sites rise again with renewable energy

Three reasons why every mining firm with legacy sites should take a look at the renewable energy opportunity.

Investors force Rio Tinto to ditch plans to have Mick Davis as chairman

Decision comes in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt led by the Investor Forum, a London-based body representing some of the world’s biggest money managers.

Another megatrend accelerating demand for rare earths: aging population

Here's how it will have a dramatic effect on the global supply of rare earths and Zirconium (Zr), Hafnium (Hf) and Niobium (Nb).

Canada's Wealth Minerals, Chinese firm to bid for world’s largest lithium miner

The two firms are just the latest names in a long list of companies that includes major players such as Rio Tinto, interested in grabbing a stake in Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM).

Scientists produce high-grade rare earths from coal

University of Kentucky researchers used an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process.

Zonte Metals acquires iron oxide copper gold project

According to the company's CEO, exploration is expected to start shortly in the form a ground magnetic survey over portions of the project.

Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

The mining veteran could face competition from internal candidates, including former head of UK gas company Centrica, Sam Laidlaw, who now sits on Rio’s board.