SAIMM Branches

Presented by Derick de Wit, Associate Director | Mining Advisory, Venmyn Deloitte

Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Time: 17:00 for 17:30
Venue: Worley Parsons, 39 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose Arch

REEs are a common term describing the 15 chemically similar lanthanide elements which appear together at the bottom of the Periodic Table. Two other elements, yttrium and scandium, have similar chemical properties, and are often also referred to as REEs. REEs can be divided into “light” and “heavy” REEs.

According to the U.S. DoE, “critical” REEs refers to “the stuff you need the most but can’t get enough of.”

All the REEs have very exotic names:

  • lanthanum (La)
  • cerium (Ce)
  • praseodymium (Pr)
  • neodymium (Nd)
  • promethium (Pm)
  • samarium (Sm)
  • europium (Eu)
  • gadolinium (Gd)
  • terbium (Tb)
  • dysprosium (Dy)
  • holmium (Ho)
  • erbium (Er)
  • thulium (Tm)
  • ytterbium(Yb)
  • lutetium (Lu)
  • yttrium (Y)

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