Tapping Latin America's Lithium Resources

Law360, New York (November 4, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT) -- As the world inexorably moves from fossil fuels to battery-powered alternative energy, demand for lithium is soaring. China and other nations that manufacture consumer electronics, hybrid vehicles and electric cars are casting their eyes on Latin America, where over 70 percent of the world's salt lake lithium deposits are found.

With demand for lithium — specifically lithium carbonate — substantially increasing in the last 10 years, Latin America’s lithium exploration, and consequently, exportation, has significantly increased. Although much of Latin America’s lithium reserves are found in...
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