- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

MINEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey is wrapping up work using low-altitude flights over the eastern Adirondacks to map underground rocks and search for rare earth minerals used in cell phones, rechargeable batteries and super magnets.

Anji Shah, who heads the project, says the area was identified in a 2010 report on U.S. rare earth resources. Shah said the minerals may be in gravel leftover from extensive iron mining in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

She said she’s unaware of anyone actually looking to mine rare earth minerals in the region. Survey results will be published after analysis is complete, likely in a couple of years.

Shah said the agency is doing similar work in other parts of the country, including current projects in Missouri and Iowa.

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