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By Shane Lasley
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Plenty of lithium to go around for now

New Aussie mines outpaces battery production in short term Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – January 15, 2020

 

Last updated 7/1/2022 at 12:09pm

Lithium brine mine lithium-ion battery supply Argentina

Kseniya Ragozina; Adobe Stock

South American brine operations, such as this mine at Salinas Grandes salt flat in central-northern Argentina, have traditionally supplied the majority of the world's lithium needs. Battery driven demand, however, has pushed the growth of hard rock lithium mining in Australia.

Half as dense as water, lithium is the lightest of all metals. Because it is highly reactive, however, it would not work to make super buoyant boats. Instead, this metal believed to be one of only three elements created with any abundance during the Big Bang (the other two being hydrogen and helium) has found a use that takes advantage of both its light weight and reactiveness – lithium-ion b...



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