columbite-tantalite love



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  • n. a valuable black mineral combining niobite and tantalite; used in cell phones and computer chips


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  • The minerals in question—cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, gold and wolframite—are widely used in consumer electronics and other products, although Congo supplies no more than 20% of global demand for these raw materials.

    Can Annual Reports Save Lives?

  • On Boing Boing Gadgets, this wrenching video in which Eve Ensler explains that Congolese militias use rape to enforce discipline among a slave workforce that mines columbite-tantalite ore, a common raw material for many devices.

    Boing Boing

  • Overall, Congo has over half the world's cobalt, one-third of its diamonds, and three-fourths of its vital columbite-tantalite or "coltan," essential for computer chips, circuit boards, mobile phones, laptops, and other electronic devices.

    Reviewing F. William Engdahl's "Full Spectrum Dominance:" Part II

  • Africa provides columbite-tantalite, the mineral from which most computer chips are made.

    Missing in Action:Africa and the G20

  • There are deposits of gold, cassiterite (a tin ore) and coltan (columbite-tantalite) ore of a high grade which in 2000 fetched very high prices as a metal used in computer and mobile phone microchips.

    Okapi Faunal Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Global demand for columbite-tantalite (a.k.a. "coltan"), a common cell phone component, is fueling war and environmental destruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo ... but leftists aren't supposed to acknowledge their complicity.

    No innocent bystanders in America

  • His conversation contained no mention of columbite-tantalite (a.k.a. "coltan").

    America: The Land of Denial

  • Coltan - short for columbite-tantalite - sells at dlrs 50 per kilogram on the international market and is used in the manufacture of computer chips and other high-tech gadgets.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is also an important source of columbite-tantalite, the mineral known as coltan that is used in mobile phones and computers. -- Top News

  • That includes trace amounts of exotic metals like columbite-tantalite, often mined in war-torn regions of Africa.

    All Today's News - Sightline Daily


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