Eldorado am Polarkreis – The vanishing ice in Greenland are free valuable ores and rare earths

19.03.2012 – Eldorado am Polarkreis
Das schwindende Eis gibt in Grönland wertvolle Erze und Rare earth frei

Continues the trend, in the region could 2000 Jahren eisfrei sein

Global warming makes Greenland's glaciers and melting sea ice off the coast of the Arctic island more quickly. Thus, the retreats of polar bear, Musk ox, Arctic wolves and whales threatened. Confirm the dramatic melting ice satellite observations over the past decades. Even up to two miles thick is melting Inlandeisdecke. According to a recently published study by scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, they could within 500 Years lost by a fifth in mass. Is the trend so on, Greenland would be in 2000 Completely ice-free years. What environmentalists around the world met with concern, leaves many of the meager living by fishing and some tourism almost 60.000 Greenlanders hope to prosper.

The receding ice makes the rich natural resources of the island accessible. Apart from ores such as uranium, Zinc, Iron ore, Copper and gold recover the ancient rocks of Greenland as well as large quantities of rare earth metals called, including lanthanum, Heaven, Neodymium, Praesodymium, Terbium Yttrium und. Because of their special properties they are used in mobile phones, Laptops, Flat panel displays, Fuel Cells, LED lights, Motoren für Elektroautos und in der Lasertechnik zum Einsatz. So far, come 97 Percent of the strategically important metals from China, which has one of the richest deposits of rare earths. A monopoly, has in the eyes of the international community led to rationing and massive unilateral price increases in commodity markets. Now, the European Union, the United States and Japan to sue the counterparty China before the tribunal of the World Trade Organization. The monopolist may soon have some competition. In the largely ice-free southern Greenland, in a hilly area, in der die weichenden Gletscher eine Marslandschaft aus Gestein, Have debris and rubble left behind, is the Kvanefjeld. Für das Gebiet hat die australische Firma Greenland Minerals and Energy Explorationslizenzen erworben und Probebohrungen durchgeführt. Result: At least 6,5 Million tonnes of rare earths lie dormant in the rock, the company estimates. In addition, large quantities of uranium are. That impressed not only the stock market and pushed the share price of the small company sometimes to dizzying heights. “Es handelt sich um eines der größten Seltene-Erden-Vorkommen der Erde”, , the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) fixed.

They estimate the total deposits of ore deposits on the Kvanefjeld 457 Million tons. It includes rare-earth metals in the form of oxidized compounds with a salary of just over one percent in the rock. This corresponds to approximately 4,9 Million tons. Faced with a global demand of current 190.000 Tons per year would be sufficient inventories but, around the world for at least a quarter of a century to provide them with the coveted commodities. Well 2,3 Billion would be invested in technology, to promote the treasures of the soil and releasing it from the rock, Australians value the. The prospect of huge natural resources are attracting more and more exploration companies on the island. Geologists know their, that the Greenland rocks are among the oldest in the world, and are known for their abundance of high quality iron ore.
Those: Welt Online

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