The mining industry’s explorers and developers have never quite gained the full respect of those that are in production. Those looking to bring on new supply of niche minerals such as graphite, lithium, cobalt, and rare earths are generally met with a three-phased approach: at first with raised eye brows at their lack of knowledge and specific experience, then with contempt as the heavy promotion of the asset kicks in and, finally, if the explorer progresses to a reasonable stage, fear.
Big commodities such as iron ore, copper and gold have . . .