By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Maine couple discovers lithium motherlode

State laws need overhauling to mine the energy metal deposit Metal Tech News – July 26, 2023


Last updated 8/8/2023 at 3pm

Mary Freeman holding a green tourmaline crystal in an underground cavern.

Mary Freeman

Mary Freeman discovered lithium while hunting for spectacular tourmaline specimens, such as the one she is holding found on the Freeman's property in Maine.

Five years ago, Maine native Mary Freeman and her husband Gary went gem-hunting for tourmaline on their property in the woods of Plumbago Mountain.

Instead of the popular semiprecious stone they were seeking, they discovered what appears to be the richest known hard rock lithium deposit in the world – a formation of gigantic lithium-bearing spodumene crystals with an estimated value of $1.5...

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