Getting to know Rare Earth, a Super Rare Treasure in the Lapindo Mud that the World is Hunting for


The center of the Lapindo Porong hot mudflow and overflow area, Sidoarjo. PHOTO/ANTARA/Erick Ireng

JAKARTA – Know rare earth or rare earth metals as harta karun super rare in the Lapindo mud. Rare Earth is often referred to as rare earth metals.

Rare earth is not easy to find on the surface of the earth. It resides in the earth and the process for processing these metals is quite complicated. That’s why people call it rare earth.

scatter rare earth metals uneven. In other words, very few regions of the world have rare earth metals in clustered locations.

Quoted from the Center for Geological Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), rare earth metals have been found since the 18th century. Since then, researchers have been competing to find the type of metallic element contained in it.

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In rare earths, they store elements that are very rare or very few are present and are generally complex compounds of phosphates and carbonates. Along with the development of material processing technology, rare earth elements are increasingly needed, and generally in high-tech industries.

In Indonesia, minerals containing rare earth elements are found as co-minerals in the main commodities, especially alluvial gold and tin, which have the opportunity to be cultivated as by-products that can provide added value from all potential minerals. The potential for alluvial gold deposits is relatively abundant and can be found scattered in most of the big islands in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the Southeast Asian Tin Route, which contains most of the world’s tin resources, passes through the territory of Indonesia from the Karimun Islands, Singkep to Bangka and Belitung, which is a strategic potential that can make a major contribution to national development.

The use of rare earth metals is very broad and closely related to high-tech industrial products, such as the computer, telecommunications, nuclear, and aerospace industries. In the future, it is estimated that the use of rare earths will expand, especially single rare earth elements, such as neodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, and yttrium.

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