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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Lithium, a strategic element

published on 28 11 2019

Lithium is a very scarce element in the Solar System since its atomic weight is too light to be synthesized in the stars and too heavy to have formed during the Big Bang. On Earth it is also scarce and due to its reactivity it is combined in a wide variety of minerals and is difficult to extract. However, it is also found in the form of salts, that are easy to exploit, in some salty lakes, especially in Uyuni, in Bolivia. The political instability in that country triggered a coup d’etat during the month of November, and the great world powers quickly took sides to opt for the extraction of his valuable element. It is used as a medicine to treat manic-depressive disorder, in alloys with aluminum to reduce the weight of airplanes, and especially in mobile phone batteries and electric vehicles, since it has a high energy density, does not show “memory effect “nor downloads itself. Whoever controls the lithium will decide where the world moves.