Bolivia’s rare earth lithium reserves are key to world’s green future

Map showing the location of the lithium deposits
Map showing the location of the lithium deposits

Bolivia holds the world's largest reserves of lithium - the key rare earth in making batteries. Now it is working with China and other countries to exploit this resource and create a huge boost to its economy.

MORE than 100 million tons of lithium carbonate - the main rare earth in the production of new generation batteries and crucial to the success of hybrid and electric vehicles - is estimated to be found in the world’s largest salt flats in Uyuni, west Bolivia.

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This rare earth - the key raw material from which lithium is refined - is also vital in the tiny batteries driving the latest generation of portable electronic devices ...

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