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What is the world’s scarcest material?
Of all the world’s materials, which one will “run out”first? The more we consume as a society, the more we hear about how vital ores and minerals are dwindling, so it seems logical to assume that a few may be about to disappear.
Looking farther into the future, other sources claim that things like aluminum extrusion profile might run dry in about 80 years.The balance of supply and demand does affect us, especially when it comes to the price and availability of the technology in our lives. So while no material is so scarce that it is about to disappear entirely –we should worry that many could soon become out of reach.