Calling Next-Generation Rare Earth Element Investors

AM: No, not strictly. For example, there are some very interesting monazite deposits in the United States, but they’re situated in places where people have nice homes, so exploration and development are out of the question. What if you found a beautiful deposit right in New York City? Forget about it. But it’s true that some very interesting deposits in the United States and Canada are in conservation areas and national parks. In those cases, permitting hurdles exist for environmental and other restriction reasons.

TMR: What can you tell investors based on your experience in this space?

AM: Investors need to get information from people who are familiar with the nature of REE mineralization that has fed the marketplace. Early in the game, I was told that if I wanted to evaluate a deposit on a world level, I needed to get lots of experience in deposits that actually feed the marketplace. I did that, and it made a huge difference in my ability to make evaluations. Academics may have written excellent papers outlining a particular deposit’s geology, but the challenges miners face in approaching exploration or, later down the road, processing—are critical factors academic work doesn’t necessarily address.

TMR: Do you see it as part of your job to explain REE mineralization for non-experts?

AM: We try to do that to the extent that we can. It’s still very complicated even among experts. It’s sometimes difficult to simplify economic geology even for academics who specialize in mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry. It’s not enough to run out to Mountain Pass and come back and say, “We went to Mountain Pass. We understand everything.” Good luck. I’ve been working extensively at Mountain Pass since 1965, and I still have a lot to learn.

Anthony N. (Tony) Mariano, PhD, is a geological consultant on rare earths and other rare metals. For decades, he has been the go-to expert on the geology and mineralogy on rare earths, niobium-tantalum and other rare metals. Companies around the world depend on his professional opinions on the potential economic viability of deposits based on mineralogical examination, lab work and field visits.

Tony Mariano Jr. is a geological consultant on rare earths and other rare metals. He also spent several years as an environmental geologist/consultant. He currently works exclusively in conjunction with his father, Anthony N. (Tony) Mariano, consulting on rare earth mineral exploration and evaluation worldwide.

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