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The iron ore mine in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle, is one of the world's largest iron ore mines. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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It's a journey to the center of the rare earths discovered in Sweden

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Narsaq, a town of 1,200 in southern Greenland, sits near the Kvanefjeld project, one of two major rare earth mineral deposits in Greenland. The Arctic island has a wealth of rare earth resources that the U.S. has labeled as essential to national defense. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Greenland Is Not For Sale. But It Has Rare Earth Minerals America Wants

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A worker in China shifts soil containing rare earth minerals intended for export in 2010. Rare earths are used in important technologies, and a commentary in China's People's Daily newspaper on Wednesday said the U.S. endangers its supply from China by waging a trade war. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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