For the graph: 2006 and projected 2030 world use of neodymium, germanium and tantalum. The technologies responsible for the growth in use of these materials by 2030 are indicated in red. For the map: The bars show estimated reserves of rare earth elements, germanium and tantalum.
For the map: thousand tonnes for the rare earth elements map; tonnes for the germanium and tantalum maps.
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