Lithium discovery in US volcano could be biggest deposit ever found

A recent analysis has revealed a massive deposit of lithium along the Nevada–Oregon border that could meet the growing global demand for this metal. Estimated to contain 20 to 40 million tonnes of lithium, this deposit is even larger than the previously considered largest deposit found in a Bolivian salt flat. The deposit is located within a volcanic crater formed around 16 million years ago. The unique claystone composition of the sediments in the crater contains a high percentage of lithium, making it a valuable source. If successfully extracted, this deposit could have significant implications for lithium prices, supply security, and geopolitics. The extraction process is expected to begin in 2026, and the clay will be extracted and leached to extract the lithium.

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