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RARE EARTHS: ESTIMATED WORLD MINE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY1, 2
(Metric tons of rare earth oxide equivalent)
 
Country3   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012  
Australia -- -- -- 2,188 4 3,222 4
Brazil 460 4 170 4 140 4 160 r, 4 206 p
China 125,000 129,000 120,000 105,000 100,000
India 2,700 2,700 2,800 2,800 2,900
Malaysia 120 13 380 r 410 r 100
Russia 3,400 2,600 2,300 2,500 2,400
United States -- -- -- -- 3,000 *
Total   132,000 r 134,000 r 126,000 r 113,000 r 112,000 *
pPreliminary. rRevised. -- Zero.
1World totals and estimated data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Includes data available through July 16, 2014.
3In addition to the countries listed, rare-earth minerals are thought to be produced in Indonesia, Nigeria, North Korea,-
Vietnam, and some Commonwealth of Independent States countries, but information is inadequate for formulation of-
reliable estimates of output levels.
4Reported figure.
*Correction posted February 24, 2015.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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