PlanetGeo: The Geology Podcast

Making Magnets - The Geology of Neodymium

January 26, 2023 Chris and Jesse Season 3 Episode 1
PlanetGeo: The Geology Podcast
Making Magnets - The Geology of Neodymium
Show Notes

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Rare Earth Elements are a huge topic in mining and geology now, and in technology. The most important at the moment is Neodymium (Nd) and it is also really important for geology research.  Let’s cover the basics.

In this episode, we discuss Neodymium in two broad concepts: 1- the importance for society and geological research, and 2- the geology of Neodymium.

Some example of the societal importance are that these are the strongest commercially available magnets, they are used in electric and hybrid vehicle motors - the two motors in a Tesla that make it go fast!  Toyota Prius said to contain ~ 1kg of Nd in it’s motor, it's used in wind turbines, Buckeyballs (banned because kids kept swallowing them, they're use in MRI machines.  These are just a few examples.

Join us in this fun discussion about a very important REE.

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