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Rare Earth Element Occurrence Database of the Tien Shan Region, Central Asia

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Mark J Mihalasky

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2016

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Mihalasky, M.J., Orris, G.J., Briggs, D.A., Tucker, R.D., Renaud, Karine, and Verstraeten, I.M., 2017, Rare earth element mineral occurrence database of the Tien Shan region, Central Asia: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7TM7913.

Summary

Central Asia, site of the historic Silk Road trade network, has long been a conduit for the movement of people, energy, and mineral resources between Europe and Asia. Once part of the former Soviet Union, this region was and continues to be an important producer of base and precious metals, rare metals (RM), including niobium, tantalum, and beryllium, and a past producer of rare earth elements (REE). The Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains regions, encompassing parts of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, are of significant interest for mineral exploration as these regions are thought to host substantial undeveloped and undiscovered resources of REE and RM. Based on this legacy, and as an emerging REE and RM [...]

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CAREE_SpreadSheet.xlsx
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Kutessai II open pit heavy rare earth elements mine.jpg
“Kutessai II REE-RM mineral deposit, NE of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 29 May 2013.”
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Geologic Features and Samples Kutessai II REE-RM Deposit.jpg
“Geologic features and samples from the Kutessai II REE-RM deposit.”
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Geologic Features and Samples Kutessai II REE-RM Deposit - Caption.txt
“Caption - Geologic features and samples from the Kutessai II REE-RM deposit.”
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Purpose

In fiscal year 2013, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) engaged the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in a project to inventory and evaluate the REE mineral resources and related capacity and capacity-building needs of Central Asian countries (primarily Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan). Project DOS-1010104105, Rare Earth Element (REE) Resources of the Tien Shan Region, Central Asia, was funded by DOS and implemented at the behest of former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert O. Blake, and approved by then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. This database represents an inventory of REE-bearing and related rare metal-bearing occurrences compiled by the USGS beginning in 2012, and updated and revised through 2016.
Kutessai II REE-RM mineral deposit, NE of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 29 May 2013.
Kutessai II REE-RM mineral deposit, NE of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 29 May 2013.

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