The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

There’s a lot to learn about where and how to mine the lightest metal on the periodic table

flamingo lagoon

LOOKING FOR LITHIUM  Flamingos feast on tiny shrimp in the saline lagoons of Chile’s Salar de Atacama. Lithium and copper mining operations compete with the protected birds for the region’s scant water resources.

 

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