China has 80 per cent of the reserves of rare earth elements the world needs to keep talking on its smartphones, and geologists in Guangzhou think they know why. Photo: EPA

Have scientists discovered why China is so rich in rare earth elements the world’s smartphones need?

  • Chinese geologists think they have formula that could help to increase control of market in the elements hi-tech industries depend upon
  • Simple combination of clay mined for porcelain production, granite bedrock and acid rain could point to lucrative sources of rare earths
Topic |   China science

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China has 80 per cent of the reserves of rare earth elements the world needs to keep talking on its smartphones, and geologists in Guangzhou think they know why. Photo: EPA
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