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Rare Earth Minerals: Japan
July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree – $20
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About the Event
Japanese scientists discovered sediments from the seafloor off of Minami-Tori-shima, a coral island atoll 1,148 miles southeast of Tokyo, that contain approximately 16 million tons of rare earth minerals. This quantity of rare earth minerals, if mineable, could eliminate Japan’s dependence on China’s supply and provide the world with sufficient minerals for centuries to come.
Explore the facts and considerations related to rare earth elements in the deep ocean by spending a fascinating evening with Dr. Kira Mizell, Research Oceanographer of the U.S. Geological Survey at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center at Santa Cruz, California. She will help us understand what rare earth minerals are and where they can be found, why they are important to technology, and how difficult they are to extract from the earth’s surface.
About the Speaker
Dr. Kira Mizell received her PhD. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has worked with the Global Marine Mineral Resources Program at the U.S. Geological Survey for nearly 10 years. Her research focuses on formation mechanisms and oceanographic influences for marine minerals, especially ferromanganese crusts, manganese nodules, and phosphorites.
7/8/2021 6:00 PM
7/8/2021 7:00 PM
Rare Earth Minerals in the Deep Sea: A Potential Resource for Japan and other Nations?