Lithium mining in Argentina

If electric cars are ever to flourish, a once-obscure metal crucial for the batteries in those cars, lithium, will probably be mined by the tens of thousands of tons in the high Andes.



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Horacio Dias, a geologist and manager for the mining company Exar, points to the moonscape-like environment high in the Andes in Argentina, where his Canadian-owned mine is searching for lithium. The lightest of any element, lithium is a key component in the batteries made for electric cars, making the mining of the metal an increasingly lucrative enterprise.

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