I've heard lots of anecdotes about the abundance of certain key elements, and how these could be cause for some geopolitical tensions, so I wanted to get a clear picture of where these elements are located around the world.
I couldn't find a single resource showing the abundance and location of major elements, so I think I'll try and take a stab at it myself.
My plan is to make an interactive periodic table and world map that highlights where all the rare elements are around the world (or at least who produces the most of each element, which may be just as good).
It's going to be a side project so from time to time I'll post an update on how it's going, so this is hopefully the first post in a series.
There are currently 118 known elements - of which 94 occur naturally on Earth. They vary by natural abundance, so the first thing to check is which ones are rare.
The graphic at the top of this post splits some of these into precious metals, industrial metals, and rare-earth elements, but with my particular interests I think lithium and cobalt will probably be very important in the future.
The references for this list point to the US Geological Survey, but they have an awful lot of information on there so that'll be the subject of a later post.
My next post however will be digging into how to scrape data from wikipedia tables using python and Beautiful Soup 4. In particular there is a nice series of articles titled "List of countries by X production" for about 15 interesting elements! Seems like a good place to start.