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Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand

[Please note: This report was re-issued on 14 August 2013 due to data corrections. This replaces the version released on 17 July 2013. Corrections to mineral resources and production data are included in Table 1.5.2 and in the Appendix.]

This report provides contextural and geological background to existing production and opportunities for potential production of critical commodities. Critical commodities are defined as mineral commodities for which uses are both economically important and have a high risk of supply disruption. Based upon a compilation of reports defining commodities considered critical by our major trading partners (UK, EU, USA, Japan and Korea), a suite of commodities were identified that can be considered critical. Mineral systems analysis was udertaken to determine which of these commodities are currently produced or have potential for production in Australia. Using the data and the potential size of export markets, the report identifies potential in four areas: (1) deposits associated with mafic-ultramafic magmatism (for Co, Cr, Ni, PGE); (2) deposits associated with granitic and alkaline magmatism (for Be, Bi, Li, Mo, Nb, REE, Sn, Ta, W); (3) heavy mineral sands deposits (for REE, Th, Ti, Zr); and (4) trace elements in ores and concentrates from existing mines (Cd, Ga, Ge, In, Sb, Se, Te).

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Title Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Data Status inactive
Update Frequency unknown
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/1d09069e-8b29-41c4-963f-8c6535e411f8
Date Published 2017-06-25
Date Updated 2018-06-27
Contact Point
Geoscience Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal Geoscience Australia CSW Harvester
Publisher/Agency Geoscience Australia
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