Legendary lithium riches from Bolivia’s salt flats may still just be a mirage

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By Marcelo Rochabrun SALAR DE UYUNI, Bolivia (Reuters) – On Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat that feels almost otherworldly, Karina Quispe is watching from the sidelines a global resource race for the world’s largest – and almost untapped – trove of battery metal lithium. Her village on the edge of the salar – from where most of the men have migrated to Chile to find work – has so far seen few jobs or benefits from the mineral wealth beneath the plains. “This is a forgotten town,” said Quispe. As the government readies to award a lithium mining project to one or more of a globa…

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