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RARE EARTHS: ESTIMATED WORLD MINE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY1, 2
(Metric tons of rare earth oxide equivalent)
 
Country3   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010
Brazil 527 4 645 4 460 r, 4 170 r 140
China 133,000 120,000 125,000 129,000 120,000
India 2,700 - 2,700 2,700 2,700 2,800
Kyrgyzstan NA NA NA NA NA
Malaysia 430 - 380 120 r 13 r 400
Total   137,000   124,000   128,000   132,000   123,000
rRevised. NA Not available.
1World totals and estimated data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Table includes data available through October 4, 2011.
3In addition to the countries listed, rare-earth minerals are thought to be produced in some Commonwealth of-
Independent States countries besides Kyrgyzstan and in Indonesia, Nigeria, North Korea, and Vietnam, but-
information is inadequate for formulation of reliable estimates of output levels.
4Reported figure.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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