Last month I spent some time on the California/Nevada border photographing a rare earth mine, the only of its kind in the United States. The open pit mine, which was a leading producer of rare earth minerals since the 1950’s, suspended mining ore in 2002 due to complaints that the mine had leak several hundred thousand gallons of radioactive water into the desert. Soon after, China became the dominant producer eventually controlling 97% of the world’s output. Why does any of this matter? Well in More

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