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Old October 4th, 2008, 02:39 PM
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We know the 2300 distribution of tantalum, and the Andaman sea deposit wasn't sufficient for building either a merchant or cruiser GG1 unit, it was enough for a survey or frigate unit.

In fact the apparent amounts of Ta seem to be totally inadequate for the expansion that occurred, so I guess a lot was found offworld. Indeed, the Clarke's star article mentions those that got a toehold in space "ripping apart" planets for Ta, it was that valuable.

2320 might say Antarctica hasn't been explored yet. GDW said otherwise, the British fought several pseudo-wars to grab the Greenland and Antarctic Ta. GDW was clear, 74 tantalum strikes were made on Earth, they've all been mined out. There is hope that others will be found, but no mining is occurring.
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