Mining the far north

Greenland lifts 25-year ban on uranium mining

Greenland’s government has announced intentions to open up the country to the mining of radioactive materials.

In late October, Greenland’s parliament voted in favor of lifting a 25-year ban on mining for such things as uranium, thorium and rare-earth metals in the hopes of securing the business of large-scale natural-resource importers such as China, according to an article on Russian news site

Australia’s Greenland Minerals & Energy already has its eye on a mineral field in the south of Greenland estimated to contain roughly 40,000 tons of extractable rare-earth deposits. Rare-earth metals are used in the manufacturing of electric cars, smartphones, weapons and wind turbines.

As Greenland’s prime minister, Aleqa Hammond, put it earlier this year: “Mining will come to Greenland.”