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Lithium deposit found in extinct Nevada volcano could be largest in the world

  • A new study suggests that the McDermitt Caldera in the US may contain the largest deposit of lithium in the world, with 20 to 40 million metric tons in total. The lithium is located in an unusual type of clay called illite, which is highly concentrated with lithium near Thacker Pass.
  • Concerns have been raised about the controversial plans to mine the Thacker Pass Lithium mine in the McDermitt Caldera. Indigenous tribes consider the land sacred, and environmentalists worry about the destruction of ecosystems and depletion of groundwater.
  • The global demand for lithium, driven by the production of electric vehicle batteries, highlights the necessity of transitioning away from fossil fuels. However, the rush to mine lithium could have adverse impacts on nature and people, including ecosystem destruction and the burning of fossil fuels during battery manufacturing.
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