Bolivian Lithium May Have Competition from Afghanistan
With the discovery of immense lithium deposits under and near the Salar de Uyuni (believed to be among the largest in the world), the Bolivian government is banking on lithium to be one of the primary new major Bolivian exports in the near future. However, the U.S. announced today that it has discovered an area of of mineral deposits in Afghanistan so vast (its value is calculated at about $1 trillion) that is already being hailed potentially as the "Saudi Arabia of Lithium".
"The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe..."
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