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@Reynolds What on *earth* did you have in your car?! - Also on a side note: I know someone who used to LARP with you back in the day, apparently. It's a fucking small world.
As it happens, we are building a lot of flat-screen TV sets and computer monitors these days. Gallium is thought to make up 0.0015 percent of the Earth’s crust and there are no concentrated supplies of it. We get it by extracting it from zinc or aluminum ore or by smelting the dust of furnace flues. Dr. Reller says that by 2017 or so there’ll be none left to use.
Let's see Gallium makes up 0.0015% of the Earths' crust. The Earth mass is roughly 6 x 10 to the 24th power kilograms.
The world currently has around ten years worth of copper reserves.The world has had about ten years worth of copper reserves for the past century.When proven reserves decline much below ten years, the price goes up. When the price goes up, old mines re-open, prospecting increases and the reserves go up. when the reserves get much past ten years, the prices goes down...
Here in the UK there is an epidemic of people breaking into houses and stealing all the copper piping they can get their grubby mitts on.