EMU NL has confirmed the presence of both magnetic and heavy rare earths at its Condingup project near Esperance after rock samples returned results of up to 2124 parts-per-million total rare earth oxides (TREO).

A total of eight samples were collected from a reconnaissance program late last year including three rocks from the Booanya granite complex that all returned results above 1000ppm TREO.

The Booanya samples also contain up to 25 per cent magnetic rare earth oxides (MREO) and 12.7 per cent heavy rare earth oxides (HREO) of the total TREO content. The three granite samples are also showing anomalous levels of neodymium, praseodymium and dysprosium – all elements that are critical for the manufacture of industrial magnets used in electric vehicle engines.

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