. In Chile’s desert lie vast reserves of lithium — key for electric car batteries « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/In the middle of the desert in northern Chile, massive pools of Caribbean blue water sit next to what appear to be snowdrifts.

But this is a lithium mine.

The pools are filled with salty groundwater that contains lithium. It’s a key component in the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, solar panels and other green technologies.

Indeed, the world is hungry for the silvery-white metal. The International Energy Agency is projecting a more than 40-fold increase in demand for lithium by 2040. Lithium prices have hit record highs this year.

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