THE War brought into painful prominence certain facts regarding the resources and distribution of commodities, animal, vegetable, and mineral, which had indeed long been known, but the real significance of which in such a period of stress had not been fully grasped by any one of the Powers concerned. The waste of time, man-power, and material involved in the efforts made to overcome the resulting difficulties created a profound impression, from which flowed a stream of resolutions and good intentions. Meanwhile the years are slipping by and there is yet little indication of an Empire policy regarding minerals and metals.
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Minerals and Metals of the British Empire. Nature 119, 625–627 (1927). https://doi.org/10.1038/119625a0