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Rare Earth Recycling?
March 20, 2014 | ScienceLine @ NYU

“Some experts think that recycled rare earths from scrap materials and discarded products may eventually be able to meet up to 40 percent of global demand. That could be a boon for the U.S. and other Western nations, since China now dominates the world market for rare earths and can effectively control their supply and price.” Quoted from

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Energy Consumption in China
March 9, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“China is the world’s most populous country with a fast-growing economy that has led it to be the largest energy consumer and producer in the world. Rapidly increasing energy demand, especially for liquid fuels, has made China extremely influential in world energy markets.”

The Slow Shale Gas Launch in China
March 4, 2014 | Bloomberg

China has been unable to replicate the shale gas productivity of the United States even though they are thought to have a much larger shale gas resource. The country does not have the existing infrastructure present in the United States or the technical expertise and specialized equipment.

China’s State-Owned Coal Company to Partner in the Marcellus
February 23, 2014 | FuelFix

China Shenhua Energy Company is controlled by the Chinese government and is the second largest coal company in the world. They plan to partner with Energy Corporation of America to drill Marcellus Shale wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Energy Through the South China Sea
February 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes in the world. Almost a third of global crude oil and over half of global liquefied natural gas passes through the South China Sea each year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.

The Jehol Fossils of China
February 16, 2014 | National Geographic

A National Geographic article explores the diversity and incredible preservation of China’s Jehol fossils. The animals are thought to have been killed, transported, buried and preserved by ash produced by pyroclastic flows. Some researchers described it as a “Pompeii for animals”.

Energy Consumption Growth in China
February 13, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“China’s robust economic growth and thirst for energy resources in the past decade has driven it to become the top global energy consumer. China has the largest oil and gas production in the Asia-Pacific region and the largest coal production in the world, but the country’s escalating energy demand is increasing its reliance on imports and need to secure more energy supplies.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s country analysis brief.

Rare Earth Mine in Missouri?
February 9, 2014 | Aljazeera America

This article takes a quick look at the rare earth element potential of the Pea Ridge Mine, located in southeastern Missouri and the Mountain Pass Mine in California.

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Australia and the United States Are Producing Rare Earths Again
December 17, 2013 |

After China restricts their exports of rare earth elements, the United States and Australia are back in production.

China Successfully Lands a Moon Rover
December 15, 2013 | CNN

China has landed a spacecraft on the Moon and successfully deployed a six-wheeled lunar rover.

Shale Production Outside of the USA
November 21, 2013 | Bloomberg

Bloomberg has an article that summarizes some of the efforts to produce oil and natural gas from shale outside of the United States. Some of these countries lack the equipment and expertise to develop the wells and are forming agreements with experienced companies.

The Largest Energy Importers
November 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Japan ranked as the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world in 2012, trailing only China. This follows the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, after which Japan suspended operations at all of its nuclear power plants.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

Record Number of International Students
November 14, 2013 | Christian Science Monitor

During the 2012-2013 school year the number of international students attending universities in the United States increased by more than 7% over the previous year to over 800,000 students. China, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are the four countries sending the most students.

Energy Trader as a New Career?
November 14, 2013 | Reuters

Five years ago the United States was importing 2 million barrels of oil per day. Now it is exporting over a million. Crude oil is shipped by train. Natural gas is displacing coal from power generation. LNG is being exported. Renewable energy generation is growing. All of these changes require people for logistics and transactions.

India Headed to Mars
November 4, 2013 | Calgary Herald

If all goes according to plans, India will launch a spacecraft to Mars on Tuesday, November 5th. So far there have been 40 attempts to reach Mars by the United States, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Only 23 missions have been successful.

World Shale Gas Leaders
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“The United States and Canada are the only major producers of commercially viable natural gas from shale formations in the world, even though about a dozen other countries have conducted exploratory test wells.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.

Beijing Switching to Natural Gas?
October 8, 2013 | UPI

Four coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be replaced with natural gas units by the end of 2014. The $7.8 billion project will cut 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions. At the present time, natural gas has a much higher price in China than it does in the United States.

What Happened at Mount Paektu in North Korea?
September 24, 2013 |

Mount Paektu is a volcano near the border between North Korea and China. About 1000 years ago it produced one of the largest eruptions in human history. The North Korean government recently allowed researchers from Imperial College London and Cambridge University to visit the volcano and collaborate with North Korean scientists.

Super Typhoon Usagi
September 23, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

“This weekend, the most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 passed between Taiwan and the Philippines, then slammed into the southeastern coast of China on September 22. Dozens of people died in China and the Philippines due to flooding, airborne debris, and collapsed buildings.” Quoted from the NASA Earth Observatory image release.

How Much Shale Gas Does China Really Have?
September 23, 2013 | The Australian

The Energy Information Administration published information indicating that China probably has more shale gas than the United States. Now, Australians drilling in China are starting to doubt that.

Ancient Chinese Jade
September 8, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has a video about how Chinese artists made large jade disks over about 5000 years ago. The disks that they made are remarkable considering how difficult a material jade is to work.

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Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Mine Tailings?
September 6, 2013 | USGS

“USGS scientists are reanalyzing rocks, minerals and associated mine tailing samples – some collected 120 years ago – to assess their rare and critical elements, which could become potential for economic development.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

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Debris Flow in China
September 1, 2013 |

A large debris flow in China destroys a communication station and blocks a highway.

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China as the Largest Oil Importer
August 20, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration forecasts that “China’s net oil imports will exceed those of the United States by October 2013 on a monthly basis and by 2014 on an annual basis, making China the largest importer of oil in the world”.

Sinkhole Photos – Wow!
July 30, 2013 | The Atlantic

This has to be the most impressive collection of sinkhole photos ever assembled.

Higher Gas Prices in India and China
July 26, 2013 | The Motley Fool

The governments in India and China have raised the price of natural gas in hopes that the higher price will increase domestic exploration.

Top Diamond Producers
July 18, 2013 |

Botswana, Russia and Canada retained their positions as the top three gem quality diamond producers for 2012 according to production estimates from the United States Geological Survey.

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China Wants a Larger US Shale Investment
July 14, 2013 | Reuters

China is believed to have the largest shale gas resource in the world; however, they continue to make large investments in US shale plays. They are looking for profits and just as important – they want access to technology.

June 25, 2013 |

Fluorite is an important industrial mineral used in a variety of chemical, ceramic and metallurgical processes. Although the United States has some fluorite deposits, most of the mineral consumed here is imported from China, Mexico, Mongolia and South Africa.

A Himalayan Tsunami?
June 2, 2013 |

As rising temperatures melt the ice and snow in the Himalayas the threat of glacial lake outbursts increases.

Oldest Feathered Dinosaur?
June 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

A fossil named Aurornis xui of a feathered creature similar to Archaeopteryx was discovered in the 160-million-year-old rocks of northeastern China.

Shale Boom Not Happening Outside USA
May 14, 2013 |

A article explains why the natural gas from shale boom that has occurred in the United States is not making much of a bang in many other countries.

Chinese Shale Investments
April 23, 2013 | Business Week

China has more oil and natural gas in shale than the United States but they have produced very little. Instead they are joint venturing with companies working in the United States to learn about the technology.

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake in China
April 21, 2013 |

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in China killed over 150 people and injured more than 5,000 on Saturday morning. USGS reports that the earthquake is likely to have occurred on the Longmenshan Fault or a tectonically related fault.

Foreign Investments in US Shale
April 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.

Fossil Birds with Four Wings?
March 17, 2013 | Christian Science Monitor

A collection of 100-million-year-old bird fossils from China reveal that the birds had feathers on their legs. Were these birds with four wings?

Space Junk Hits a Russian Satellite
March 10, 2013 | CNN

A Russian satellite was damaged and knocked from its orbit by a piece of space junk produced by a Chinese missile test in 2007.

China: Enormous Shale Gas Goals
February 27, 2013 | Scientific American

The Chinese government believes that their country has about 25 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in shale formations. Although their present production rate is very low, they hope to be producing 60 billion cubic meters per year by 2020.

Spying on China’s Glaciers
February 18, 2013 | Scientific American

An article in Scientific American reports that time lapse cameras, placed by a U.S. geologist from the University of Colorado at Boulder to record glacial melting in the Himalayas, were confiscated with the accusation that they were being used to “spy on China”. See some of the videos here.

South China Sea Oil and Gas Report
February 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Many of the world’s most important energy trade routes pass through the South China Sea. The sea is underlain by significant oil and natural gas deposits, some of which are undeveloped.

Many of the islands in the South China Sea have competing claims of ownership, primarily because ownership of the island brings with it a claim to resources beneath the surrounding seafloor.

Guangzhou Sinkhole Destroys Buildings (video)
February 4, 2013 | CNN

A large sinkhole under buildings in Guangzhou, China triggers their collapse.

China: The World’s Largest Coal Consumer
February 3, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Coal consumption in China has been rising rapidly. Soon the country will be using more coal than the rest of the world combined.

Alaska Rare Earth Elements Overview
January 27, 2013 | Alaska Geological Survey

Articles in the news about a proposal to construct a rare earth elements mine at Bokan Mountain has generated a lot of interest in the rare earth element resources of Alaska. This publication by the Alaska Geological Survey provides an overview of resources and occurrences in Alaska.

Snow on the Taklimakan Desert
January 3, 2013 | Earth Observatory

NASA has a satellite image showing a rare snow-covering of the Taklimakan Desert of western China – normally one of Earth’s hottest deserts.

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