Infinite Resources: The Ultimate Strategy

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Science  03 Feb 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4635, pp. 456-462
DOI: 10.1126/science.223.4635.456


By projecting global population growth and demand for nonrenewable materials over the next century, it appears unlikely that the world will run short of any element before about 2050. This provides considerable time to develop new technology to economically exploit lower grade and alternative ores to bring some 30 elements into essentially infinite supply, and to use these elements in developing substitutes to satisfy the requirements of modern civilized societies.