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How Sweden helps charge electric cars all over world with its raw material

For more than a century, the Nordic nation has accumulated thousands of ore samples-so many that if they were laid end to end, they'd stretch from Minneapolis to Mexico and beyond

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Being home to Europe’s biggest rock collection has finally come in handy for Sweden amid the global race for the scarce metals that power electric cars.

For more than a century, the Nordic nation has accumulated thousands of ore samples—so many that if they were laid end to end, they’d stretch from Minneapolis to Mexico and beyond. They’re stored at the Geological Survey of Sweden’s drill core archive, where visitors pay 1,000 kronor ($110) a day to examine rocks stashed in rows and rows of wooden crates in hopes of spotting rich deposits of minerals like cobalt, the bluish-grey mineral that’s

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First Published: Aug 30 2018 | 1:15 PM IST

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