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Otero Mesa

Otero Mesa
09:28 | 2012

Categories: Science and Environment

There aren't many places left in America as isolated as the Otero Mesa, a desert grassland in south central New Mexico where hundreds of native wildlife species and plants thrive. But does this rugged landscape also hold the minerals we need to build the technology of the future?

The discovery of these minerals on Wind Mountain has ignited a new front in the campaign to get national monument designation for the Otero Mesa, which encompasses 1.2 million acres.

Rare earth elements are an essential in building technology we have become to rely on, including military hardware, iPhones and iPads, and green technology such as hybrid car batteries and wind turbines.

Its importance is helping rare earth mining companies gain support in the halls of Congress, but conservationists fear allowing any mining would forever transform the wild landscape of the Otero Mesa.

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Google User
b********m
November 16, 2014
A+
Very well done!
David Franco
f********m
July 10, 2014
A+
Cardie Molina
c********m
January 3, 2014
A+
Frank Howard
f********m
December 28, 2013
A
Beth M.
m********m
December 16, 2013
C
Douglas Gerlach
g********m
December 16, 2013
A-
Vishnu Kant Vyas
k********n
December 13, 2013
A
Trina Stephenson
t********m
December 11, 2013
A
This is a wonderful area with great petroglyphs that may soon be history. I have been there as I used to live in Timberon, NM and went on a field trip with Nate Newcomer and the NM Wilderness Alliance many years ago.
harry wilson
p********m
September 22, 2013
C+
narrator's voice sounds too cute and simple
Larry Kohr
l********m
September 19, 2013
A+
Randy Conklin
f********m
August 30, 2013
A
Bob Becker
1********g
May 18, 2012
I have been through this area.....very beautiful but desolate.
Hazem Hassan
h********m
May 17, 2012
I like this! thanks.