Bolivia has vast reserves of lithium, seen as the green energy fuel of the future, which it wants to exploit on its own. But the lithium is locked underneath a 10,000 sq km salt flat
The Salar salt flat in Bolivia. Domestic opinion is divided about the exploitation of the country’s lithium reserves. Photograph: Dan Collyns
Bolivia has more lithium than anywhere else in the world but its potential to fuel lithium-ion batteries for electric cars is in danger of failing.
The vast reserves of lithium dissolved in a briny lagoon underneath the crust of the world’s highest salt lake have prompted all sorts of superlative comparisons – one of the most memorable is that the land-locked country will become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”.
It is not a description that goes down well with the socialist government of President Evo Morales. The nation’s first indigenous leader has…
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