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This shows the Loch Loyal complex 130 km north-east of Ullapool, close to the village of Tongue in north-west Scotland. This includes the Cnoc nan Cuilean Intrusion – this is identified as priority target for further Rare Earth Element (REE) investigations, BGS©NERC. Download the BGS profiles on minerals needed for a Low Carbon Future.

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MineralsUK is the British Geological Survey's Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development. This website has a wealth of information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration.

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Economic minerals – here you will find out what they are, where they come from and why they are important.

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Raw materials for a low carbon future
A new series of BGS mineral profiles on raw materials required for decarbonisation.

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Evaporation pond, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photograph taken by E Petavratzi. Copyright © 2020 BGS.