#CNN: How the mud in this small #Japanese island could change the global economy

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A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change #Japan’s economic future. How huge? One economist called it a “game changer.” The researchers who helped find it said it had “tremendous potential.”

It’s mud. A whole bunch of mud — an estimated 16 million tons, to be exact. And in that mud, there are massive, “semi-infinite” stores of valuable rare earth minerals.

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