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Rare earth metals are widely used in a variety of important products (Core Case Study). According to the U.S. Geological Survey, China has about 50% of the world’s reserves of rare earth metals. Use this information to answer the following questions. In 2010, the global demand for rare earth metals was about 133,600 metric tons. At this annual rate of use, if China were to produce all of the world’s rare earth metals, how long would their reserves last?

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Rare earth metals are widely used in a variety of important products (Core Case Study). According to the U.S. Geological Survey, China has about 50% of the world’s reserves of rare earth metals. Use this information to answer the following questions.

In 2010, the global demand for rare earth metals was about 133,600 metric tons. At this annual rate of use, if China were to produce all of the world’s rare earth metals, how long would their reserves last?

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