Coltan

The price of progress

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The price of progress

By Claudia Schett

Where the natural resources for our mobile phones come from

The market for electronic goods boomed during the last decades with no end in sight. Especially the trade with mobile phones exploded. In order to produce those metals like copper, gold and silver are needed. But where do the more rare resources like coltan come from? Under which circumstances are they extracted? How has the situation changed?