Demarco just graduated from Texas University and had been snatched up by Xeon Natural ResourcesIncorporated, one of the top natural resource extraction companies in the world. Because he wasBrazilian, bilingual, and spoke several specific Brazilian dialects, his stationing in Brazil was a nobrainer. Xeon was deeply involved with a project within the Brazilian rain forests in mining anextremely valuable element called niobium. Niobium is a rare earth element essential for microalloying steel as well as other products such as jet engines, rocket subassemblies, superconductingmagnets, and super alloys. Brazil accounts for 92 percent of all niobium mined, and Xeon Naturalmines much of the element in Brazil. Xeon discovered a large niobium deposit and estimates thecorporation could make an additional $5 billion in profits over the next two decades.
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