Lithium Deposits – an overview

Lithium Deposits

Why in News?

Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) have conducted a preliminary surveys on surface and limited subsurface which have shown the presence of Lithium resources of 1,600 tonnes in the pegmatites of Marlagalla – Allapatna area, Mandya district, Karnataka.

Lithium Deposits and It’s Uses:
  • Soft, silvery-white metal
  • Under standard conditions, it is the lightest metal and the lightest solid element.
  • Highly reactive and flammable, and must be stored in mineral oil.
  • It is an alkali metal and a rare metal.
  • Highest specific heat capacity of any solid element.
  • Its single balance electron allows it to be a good conductor of electricity.
  • Flammable and can even explode when exposed to air and water.
  • Used in ceramics, glass, telecommunication and aerospace industries.
  • Used in Lithium ion batteries, lubricating grease, high energy additive to rocket propellants, optical modulators for mobile phones.

 

Lithium Deposits
Lithium Deposits

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