Lithium evaporation ponds

Lithium evaporation ponds

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Caption: Evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, Chile. Over a number of months the sun evaporates the water, leaving a highly concentrated lithium chloride solution. This is then processed into lithium carbonate that is used in the production of batteries.

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