Bolivia Is Sitting On a ‘Gold Mine’

By Dialogo
January 01, 2010

Very cool, really interesting *_* A worker operates a drill at the state-run Lithium pilot plant in Río Grande, Bolivia, where the largest salt flats in the world are found. Underneath the salt flats are the world’s largest reserves of lithium — a key mineral used in medicine and especially in rechargeable batteries used in items such as cell phones, laptops and electric cars. Bolivia has half the world’s known reserves of lithium, and officials estimate the reserves hold 100 million tons of lithium, reported news agency AFP. With demand for lithium expected to boom in coming years, Bolivia — one of the poorest countries in South America — may be sitting on something potentially more valuable than a gold mine.