With the price of rare earth elements due to China’s de facto monopoly now running at more than $100,000 per tons of unprocessed ore, it would seem that countries would be lining up to attempt to gain a piece of the action.

Many are, with operations extending from Estonia to Mongolia.

While the 17 elements, are not in themselves radioactive every global rare earth ore deposit is found amongst radioactive thorium deposits.

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