Monday, July 15, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Science & Technology > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit

Science & Technology

World's largest lithium deposit found in extinct supervolcano

By T.K. Randall
September 11, 2023 · Comment icon 6 comments

Lithium has many uses in today's world. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Dnn87
The discovery - the largest of its kind ever made - could provide the world with enough lithium to build batteries for decades.
Lithium-based batteries are everywhere these days, from mobile phones to electric cars - the modern world has become dominated by devices which rely on these high-capacity batteries to function.

So great is the demand for lithium, in fact, that it has led to something of a 'lithium rush', with countries across the world using up hundreds of thousands of tons on an annual basis.

By 2040, it is believed, this could increase to as high as 1 million tons.
While sourcing this much lithium was thought to be an impending problem, scientists have just announced the discovery of a major new lithium deposit in a volcano in Oregon.

Known as the McDermitt caldera, this extinct volcano is now thought to contain up to 120 million tons of lithium - enough to meet demand for decades to come.

"Developing a sustainable and diverse supply chain to meet lower-carbon energy and national security goals requires mining the highest-grade domestic lithium resources with the lowest waste:ore strip ratios to minimise both the volume of material extracted from the Earth," the study authors wrote.

"Volcano sedimentary lithium resources have the potential to meet this requirement, as they tend to be shallow, high-tonnage deposits with low waste:ore strip ratios."

Source: Independent | Comments (6)

Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Doc Socks Junior 10 months ago
Interesting paper. Long Valley Caldera also hosted a lake system for several hundred thousand years coincident with resurgent dome activity of the early rhyolites. They're currently pulling geothermal power out of there. Could be an analogue system.... Probably worth checking what Li enrichment looks like in the 700 m of lake sediments there.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Freez1 10 months ago
Extinct? Not for long after this
Comment icon #3 Posted by Doc Socks Junior 10 months ago
Don't worry, it's been a while. A little lithium mining ain't gonna wake the puppy up.
Comment icon #4 Posted by NCC1701 10 months ago
"Could be"
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 10 months ago
Biden will give the rights to China.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Doc Socks Junior 10 months ago
I believe the rights are currently held by Lithium Americas. 

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News


Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon


For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles