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Unveiling American Rare Earths: A Deep Dive into Rare Earth Mining with CEO Donald Swartz

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 In this episode we chat to Donald Swartz, CEO of American Rare Earths, who are developing their 100% owned magnet metals projects; Halleck Creek in Wyoming and the La Paz in Arizona, both with the potential to be among North America’s largest rare earth deposits.

Donald is an executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the domestic and international mining industry. A mine engineer by background, he has a proven track record of success in developing and executing business development strategies, resulting in significant revenue growth and talks to us about American Rare Earths, their projects and whats happening in the rare earths space


  • American Rare Earths has a significant rare earth deposit in Wyoming with the potential to be among North America's largest.
  • The company's scoping study showed promising results with low operating costs compared to competitors.
  • The DARPA breakthroughs allowed for pre-concentration of ore, resulting in cost-effective separation of magnetics.
  • The metamict structure of the deposit naturally facilitates processing, requiring lower heat levels for leaching.
  • American Rare Earths is focused on achieving pre-feasibility study milestones in the next six to twelve months.


"Undoubtedly large resource and really our focus since that time has been around the metallurgy, but We've only, we've only drilled out about 25% of the resource." 

"Mother Nature has kind of done the cracking for us. So if you go to Linus and you're talking about a thousand degrees C cracking circuit, there's no need for that." 

"Wyoming, for your listeners who may not be familiar, is probably the biggest extractive kind of mining state in the U.S." 

"I think it's not too dissimilar from lithium cobalt, copper, nickel, where you're starting to see a little bit of recovery in copper these past few weeks and it's undoubtedly linked to macroeconomic factors." 


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Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

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