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Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • Geopolitical Movements in Resource-Rich Arctic Begin to Draw Attention

    Recent developments in a geographic region ARPN followers have come to know as one of the sites of looming battles and territorial disputes in the resource war theater – the Arctic – are drawing the attention of domestic military commanders.
    Speaking at a recent event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in July of this year, where he referenced recent geopolitical movements by Russia and China, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft said

    “As I look at what is playing out in the Artic, it looks eerily familiar to what we are seeing in the East and South China Sea. (…) Russia has claimed most of the Arctic Ocean all the way up to the North Pole and as a signatory of the Law of the Sea Convention has filed this claim. (…) The Snow Dragon [China’s research icebreaker]…is on her way up to the Arctic from China. (…) And they routinely stop and do research in our extended continental shelf. They’ve established a pattern.” 

    Indeed, there has been an uptick in Russian and Chinese activity in (and relating to) the Arctic circle region in recent years, ranging from Russia’s recent invitation for visitors to take a “visual tour” of its new military base in Franz Josef Land to China’s apparent incorporation of the Arctic into its “new Silk Road Strategy,” with increased diplomacy and investment in the region.

     One would hope Admiral Zukunft’s comments indicate a growing awareness on the part of the United States, which, up until recently, has been “woefully behind” in the Arctic race, as former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp recently lamented

     “We’ve got our minds on a lot of other things around the world, and we’re not focused on the Arctic. (…) Russia, on the other hand, is very connected. It’s part of their culture. They appreciatethe riches, the oil and gas reserves that they have along that very long coastline, and they are looking to exploit it for their own prosperity.

    For the U.S., our Arctic claims come via Alaska, which – across a range of metals and minerals — can play a key role in resource supply in the 21st Century. As we have previously argued:

    “…one can only hope that the recent settlement between the EPA and the Pebble Partnership over the Pebble Deposit in Alaska – albeit years overdue – will be part of a growing realization that it is time to assertively stake the United States’ claim in the Arctic and near-Arctic environs. The other players have made it clear that they will not wait for us.”


  • AEMA Website Gets Fresh Look

    Our friends at the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA), headed up by Laura Skaer, have overhauled their website. 

    The “122-year old, 2,000 member, national association representing the minerals industry” and the “entire mining life cycle” shares news about its mission and advocacy efforts, and provides information about annual meetings as well as facts about modern mining, among other things, at www.miningamerica.com.

    If you have a moment to spare, go take a look, it’s worth browsing a little. 

  • Critical Materials Institute Meets “Stretch Goal” to Produce REE Magnet Domestically

    Meeting one of its “stretch goal[s] to demonstrate that rare-earth magnets could be produced from mine to manufacturer, here in the United States,” the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has announced that the has fabricated magnets made entirely of domestically sourced and refined REEs.  This success was achieved in [...]
  • Rare Metal Find Brings Seabed Mining Back into Focus

    Japanese researchers have discovered a vast deposit of “rare and important” metals on the seabed off the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. According to the Asahi Shimbun, “the cobalt-rich crust forms around rocks on the seabed” in an area of about 950 square kilometers to the East of Tokyo. The deposit is said to [...]
  • ARPN’s Dan McGroarty Delivers “Sobering” Testimony on Mineral Resource Challenge Before Senate Committee

    In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources earlier this week, ARPN Principal Dan McGroarty warned of the challenges of our growing dependence on foreign mineral resources.  McGroarty contrasted his mineral resource outlook with that of the energy side, where we are witnessing the a remarkable resurgence and “emergence of a [...]
  • ARPN’s Dan McGroarty to Testify Before U.S. Senate Committee on Mineral Resource Security

    As ARPN followers know, our growing reliance on foreign mineral resources has serious implications for our national security, competitiveness and the resurgence of American manufacturing. Against this background, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will be holding a timely hearing to “Examine the Status & Outlook for U.S. and North American Energy [...]
  • Africa Taking Center Stage in China’s Quest for Resources

    It is “the single largest source of mineral commodities for the United States, particularly for resources like rare earth elements, germanium, and industrial diamonds,” according to the United States Geological Survey, which notes in its most recent Mineral Commodity Summaries report that “of the 47 mineral commodities that the United States is more than 50 [...]
  • Happy Independence Day! We’re Free, Yet So Dependent

    Happy Birthday, America! Another trip around the sun, and we’re back on the eve of the 4th of July gearing up for parades, barbecues and fireworks in honor of the men and women who have fought, and continue to safeguard our freedom today. Last year, we used this opportunity to point out that while we cherish [...]
  • Boron: Of “Slime,” Materials Science and Trade Balances

    If you have preschoolers or grade schoolers at home on summer break, chances are you’ve already had to make “slime.”   Researching the various recipes to make the latest kids’ craze, you will likely also have come across one often-used ingredient: Borax. While Borax has long been a traditional staple in American laundry rooms, borates are increasingly becoming [...]
  • Scandium – Ready to “Take Off”?

    Remember the Light Rider?  A few months ago, we highlighted this high-tech motorcycle, which, because it is held together by an intricate web of “Scalmalloy,” is perhaps the lightest motorcycle in the world. Scalmalloy is an “aluminum alloy powder ‘with almost the specific strength of titanium’ [used] to build incredible structures by fusing thin layers of the material together.” One [...]