By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

NASA throws down against NV lithium mine

Space agency defends location vital to satellite calibration Metal Tech News - July 3, 2023


Last updated 7/18/2023 at 2:20pm

Satellite picture of unique geography of Railroad Valley in Nevada.

United States Geological Survey

Satellite photo of Railroad Valley dry lakebed about 250 miles northeast of Las Vegas. At NASA's behest, BLM has withdrawn roughly 36 square miles of federal land in this lithium-rich area previously open to mineral exploration and mining.

Mining companies that hope to draw lithium-rich brines from Railroad Valley in the Nevada desert have come up against heated resistance from environmentalists, local ranchers and tribal leaders for years. A highly persuasive voice that joined the chorus of opponents – the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration itself – has succeeded in placing a world-class lithium area off limi...

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