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Discovery of the Mountain Pass REO Deposit

How does one go about discovering a rare earth oxide (REO) deposit when he is not familiar with the rare and unusual rocks and minerals that are found in such deposits? That was the case at Mountain Pass, California, yet the deposit was eventually discovered and mined.

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