Rare earths mining: China's 21st Century gold rush


Rare earth metals have become some of the world's most valued resources.

They are found in almost every car, gadget and household.

After the US stopped the excavation of rare earth materials China now has a monopoly on its production.

This video is part of the series The Power of Asia.

Main sources:

U.S. Geological Survey

The Chinese Society of Rare Earths