Otero Mesa

9min | 2012
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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Topics: Environment, Technology, Politics, Desert, Wildlife, Wilderness, Nature, Preservation
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Google User
Google User
November 16, 2014
A+
Very well done!
David Franco
David Franco
July 10, 2014
A+
Cardie Molina
Cardie Molina
January 3, 2014
A+
Frank Howard
Frank Howard
December 28, 2013
A
Beth M.
Beth M.
December 16, 2013
C
Douglas Gerlach
Douglas Gerlach
December 16, 2013
A-
Vishnu Kant Vyas
Vishnu Kant Vyas
December 13, 2013
A
Trina Stephenson
Trina Stephenson
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
harry wilson
September 22, 2013
C+
narrator's voice sounds too cute and simple
Larry Kohr
Larry Kohr
September 19, 2013
A+