A worker performs maintenance on pipes used during brine extraction at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert in Chile on Aug. 24. Paz Olivares Droguett for NPR
Paz Olivares Droguett for NPR
ATACAMA DESERT, Chile — 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
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