Lithium: The New California Gold Rush

Simbol MaterialsOctober 19, 2011, Forbes – Standing on the edge of the Salton Sea in southern California’s sun-blasted Imperial Valley, Luka Erceg surveys a Mad Max landscape—head-high mud volcanoes, hulking geothermal power plants shooting steam into a pale-blue sky and the rotting corpses of tilapia, mouths agape, stranded on a saline shore that sits 227 feet below sea level. The air is heavy with a pungent mix of sulfur, salt and dead fish.

Smells like money.

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