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Rare metals getting rarer

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The supply of some natural resources is unlikely to keep pace with the increasing demands of a growing population. New technologies must be based on abundant materials if we are to achieve sustainable development.

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Acknowledgements

The contents of this commentary were first presented as a plenary lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference in Vancouver, July 2008. I am indebted to Colin Campbell, Bert de Vries, Martin Goldhaber, Charles Hall, Niels Mayer, Dennis Meadows, Jørgen Nørgård, Jane Plant and Harald Sverdrup for insightful discussions.

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  1. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK, and School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland, Hjardarhagi 6, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland.  vala@hi.is

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