China discovers rare earth minerals in the Himalayas with the help of AI


Chinese researchers have discovered rare earth minerals in the Himalayas region, which could be a boon for the country in terms of business. The country can also become a leading global producer of the same, as reported by South China Morning Post.

The scientists from China University of Geosciences in Wuhan had taken the help of Artificial Intelligence to locate these areas. They are mainly stretched out 1000km long at the Tibetan plateau. Although, mining these minerals would be a difficult task due to their remoteness

In 2020, a project was led by Zuo Renguang for building an AI system that could use satellite data and locate places with rare earth deposits. This discovery would ensure strategic advancement for China as these minerals are irreplaceable. They can also be utilized in the field of defense and military, information, and technology.


The demand for various resources from China such as copper, aluminum, iron, and cool will decline in the next 10 to 15 years. So as to gain a superior power in the economy, they have made this development which is a major benefit for them.

Rare earth deposits are very much essential in today’s area as technology is changing rapidly. The AI system created by China was built to detect light color granite material that contains rare minerals such as niobium and tantalum. Which are considered a significant element for developing electric vehicles.