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Undiscovered lithium deposits will be tracked by satellites

A future lithium Eldorado? Cliffs at Lands End, in Cornwall, England. Image: Wikimedia, credit: Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA
A future lithium Eldorado? Cliffs at Lands End, in Cornwall, England. Image: Wikimedia, credit: Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA
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Markku Björkman - 01 Feb 2018

Undiscovered lithium deposits in Cornwall in southern England will be tracked with the help of satellites, A consortium of 11 organizations supported by the UK government has launched a research project aimed at identifying lithium's "fingerprints" on satellite images of vegetation and minerals on the ground. In combination with geological data, one wants to create "exploration maps" that can enable identification of indicators in geological structures, which may contain lithium in water deep below the surface.

"We believe that the technologies developed in this study will prove to be of great interest to the mining industry globally considering the growing importance of Earth observation technologies as" discreet "exploration tools worldwide," says Jeremy Wrathall, CEO and founded Cornish Lithium, one of the companies involved in the Satellite Application Catapult project.

Text: Simon Matthis

 

Since the completion of the first test shipments in July 2018, Rio Tinto increased the number of autonomous tours along the Groups iron ore lines in Western Australia in a controlled manner. Now, Rio Tintos trains have travelled over one million kilometres completely autonomously. Photo credit: Rio Tinto company
Since the completion of the first test shipments in July 2018, Rio Tinto increased the number of autonomous tours along the Groups iron ore lines in Western Australia in a controlled manner. Now, Rio Tintos trains have travelled over one million kilometres completely autonomously. Photo credit: Rio Tinto company

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