Large deposits of 15 rare minerals found in Andhra Pradesh

Large deposits of 15 rare minerals found in Andhra Pradesh

Recently, Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute has discovered large reserves of 15 Rare Earth Elements (REE) in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

  • REEs are also called rare earth oxides. These are a group of 17 soft heavy metals that are white like silver. They are found together in the periodic table.
  • This group includes yttrium and 15 lanthanide elements.
  • The 15 lanthanide elements are: lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium.
  • All the elements in REEs are metals. They have many similar properties. Because of this, they are often found together in geological deposits.
  • REEs are widely used in cutting-edge technology, in defense technologies and in electronic equipment such as cell phones, computers and electric vehicles.
  • These elements are widely used because of their luminescent and catalytic properties.

Source – Business Standard

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