About the book
Lanthanides is a broad but in-depth investigation into emerging technologies associated with the lanthanide series, including the elements Lanthanum and Yttrium. The book welcomes research associated with the rare earth elements (REE) as indicators of igneous petrology and mineral formation, their chemistry in soil and water, their increasing applications in agriculture as fertilizers, the scarcity of geologic deposits required by industry, international trade, their uses in the digital manufacturing industry, and the evolving understanding of their chemistry. Each area that witnessed substantial research investigations that are not limited to any particular region or nation, giving testimony to the rapid developments in their digital applications, the search of economically viable mining resources, the rising specter of soil and water degradation, and the quest of understanding their unique chemistry. This book intends the bridge the gap linking each of these content areas to assist the reader in understanding the global complexity of the lanthanides, the areas of active research and the future developments required for technology evolution.