Here we have an interesting infographic from the UK online metal store, Buy Metal Online, all about the future of rare earth elements (REE).
The 1st section called “What are rare earth elements?” provides information about the 17 different REEs. Next there is a part called “What do we use them for?” which displays illustrations of the different types of technology that require rare earth elements. The 3rd bit is titled “What’s the problem?” and includes a graph showing that we will soon reach a point where demand outstrips production. The 4th section is “Who’s producing the world’s REEs?” and talks about what countries REEs are coming from. Finally we have “What’s the solution?” a part that teaches us about the options available for helping to solve the future shortages of rare earth elements.
Original source of infographic: http://www.buymetalonline.co.uk/infographics/rare-earth-elements.html