Mountain Pass Mine, California
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The Mountain Pass rare earth mine is an open-pit mine of rare earth elements (REEs) in southeastern California near the Nevada border. REEs are vital for the electronics industry, auto manufacturing, and a wide range of other high-tech products. The mine once supplied most of the world‘«÷s rare earth elements until its closure in 2002. Since then, China has taken over as the leading supplier of REEs, producing over 96% of the world's supply. In 2008, Mountain Pass was purchased by a new operator, who plans to produce 20-25% of the world‘«÷s REEs by 2014. The image was acquired March 28, 2010, covers an area of 17.3 x 18.5 km, and is located at 35.5 degrees north latitude, 115.5 degrees west longitude.
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