The Geological Survey of Finland has identified two novel minerals, kukarenkoite and kordillite, as announced by the Finnish Minerals Group on their website.
The statement indicates that these two new rare earth minerals (REE) from the Sokli deposit could bolster Europe’s supply of critical minerals vital for its energy transition.
“Our research suggests that Sokli could cater to at least 10% of Europe’s annual REE requirement for the production of permanent magnets. It’s seldom that we encounter samples as fascinating and challenging, or comprehensively study the distribution of these economically significant metals in various REE-containing minerals,” expressed Esa Pohjolainen, Senior Specialist at the Geological Survey of Finland.
Mineralogical characterisation and ore processing examinations are set to continue through 2024, informed the Finnish Minerals Group.
Photo: Finnish Minerals Group