Afghanistan is a Treasurehouse of Lithium

Aside from massive lithium stores, iron and copper deposits are also large enough to make Afghanistan one of the world's top producers. Click to enlarge this image.

Afghanistan has nearly $1 trillion in mineral deposits, according to a study, but there are doubts the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall offered by the untapped riches.President Hamid Karzai said in January that the deposits could help the war-ravaged nation become one of the richest in the world, based on preliminary findings of the United States Geological Survey.The final results, reported in the New York Times, found previously unknown reserves of lithium, iron, gold, niobium, cobalt and other minerals that the paper said could transform Afghanistan into a global mining hub.

There is ever-growing demand for lithium, which is used to make batteries for everything from mobile phones and cameras to iPads and laptops. Future growth in electric and hybrid cars could create still more demand.Afghanistan has so much of the metal that it could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” according to an internal Pentagon memo quoted by the New York Times.

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1 Response to Afghanistan is a Treasurehouse of Lithium

  1. ksoleh says:

    Thats great, just hope Afghanistan will develop better in the future soon.

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