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🗿Bauxite 🪨 Did you know: 1️⃣ Gallium has hit a a nine-year high in March of 2021? "Gallium is primarily used in integrated circuits and LEDs. The United States is currently 100% reliant on foreign sources for gallium used here." -usgs(.)gov Gallium, which is sourced from bauxite is used in the LED industry, the 5G telecom industry and also used in neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets 🧲 is in short supply due to increased demand. 2️⃣ Aluminum just hit a 20 year price high thanks to turmoil in Guinea? "Aluminum is one of the most used metals on the planet, finding roles in transportation, construction, packaging, electronics, and other consumer goods."-usgs(.)gov 3️⃣ "Bauxite ore is the world's primary source of aluminum. The ore must first be chemically processed to produce alumina (aluminum oxide). Alumina is then smelted using an electrolysis process to produce pure aluminum metal. Bauxite is typically found in topsoil located in various tropical and subtropical regions." -Aluminum(.)org Because of the recent bauxite supply crunch I will focus on bauxite although Aluminum and Gallium are both sourced from bauxite. Bauxite is not a mineral it’s a rock and it’s also a crucial element in the production of aluminum. Bauxite can be found in Arkansas, Alabama & Georgia however because the us has very few bauxite deposits 99% of Americas bauxite is imported from other countries. Bauxite is often sourced from the topsoils of India, Jamaica, Africa, South America and Australia. Mining bauxite is very energy and labor intensive, representing 41% of total mining cost because of this Bauxite represents 1/3 of the price of finished aluminum. The cost of mining bauxite and converting it into aluminum can vary greatly depending on the quality of the bauxite used. "Bauxite does not have a specific composition. It is a mixture of hydrous aluminum oxides, aluminum hydroxides, clay minerals, and insoluble materials such as quartz, hematite, magnetite, siderite, and goethite. The aluminum minerals in bauxite can include: gibbsite Al(OH)3, boehmite AlO(OH), and, diaspore, AlO(OH)." -Geology(.)com 85% of mined bauxite is used for metallurgical purposes but because the composition of bauxite can vary so much from mine to mine bauxite that has a low aluminum content is often used as an abrasive, in cement, chemical, or refractory (heat resistant) purposes 🔗Hot links/works cited 🌭 https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2228872-qa-bauxite-shortage-demand-to-boost-china-ga-prices 🌭 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/aluminum-hits-decade-high-after-guinea-coup-imperils-bauxite-supplies-11630932111 🌭 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/bauxite 🌭 https://geology.com/minerals/bauxite.shtml $ACH
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