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ISBN 9789814968317
May 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
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Book Description

Whether through accidents or primitive technology, humans have always been able to produce materials useful to the society, and metals such as gold, silver, copper, and iron are examples of materials that have been in use for a very long time throughout the world. Compared to these, lithium is fairly new. It was discovered in the early 1800s, a time of discovery of many elements by many famous scientists. It does not occur as a pure element in nature like many other metals and is found along with various minerals. Recently, it has been discovered as a component in some brines of several arid closed basins associated with ancient volcanism.

At first a laboratory curiosity, lithium is now a part of our society. Unknown to most people, it is being used in many practical applications, such as ceramics, greases, electronics, medicine, and hopefully in the future, will be used in a fusion that would solve world’s energy problems. While lithium has been the subject of many specific publications, no comprehensive book, covering all aspects of lithium from its discovery to the use in batteries, has been published. This book explores the original discovery of lithium and its development from a mineral, geological occurrences, and various applications that culminate in the present use in the ever-expanding electromotive industry. The author’s wonderful and exciting experiences of his long lithium career shared in this book will satisfy the readers’ curiosity about this expanding industry.

Table of Contents

1. Lithium Discovery

2. Dr. Albert E. Foote (1846–1895)

3. Lithium: The Element

4. Lithium Minerals

5. Lithium Applications

6. Lithium Pegmatites

7. Lithium Brines: Geology and Geochemistry

8. Lithium Brine Exploration

9. Techniques for Lithium Brine Resource Definition

10. Lithium Production History

11. Lithium Resources and Availability

12. Lithium: Clayton Valley, Esmeralda County, Nevada

13. Lithium: Salar de Atacama, Chile

14. Lithium: Argentina

15. Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni

16. Lithium: People’s Republic of China

17. Lithium in Medicine

18. Lithium Demand and the Electric Car

19. Future Projects

20. Lithium: The Future

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Biography

Ihor Kunasz is a world expert on lithium resources and has been involved in the industry for 45 years. He started his career with a doctoral thesis at the Pennsylvania State University on "Origin of Lithium of Clayton Valley, Nevada," where Foote Mineral Co. produced the very first lithium carbonate from brine. As chief geologist of Foote Mineral Co., he evaluated most global lithium deposits and brought the two lowest-cost lithium reserves in the world, Silver Peak, Nevada, and the Salar de Atacama, Chile, to the project development stage. Dr Kunasz has been a resource consultant with the TRU Group of Canada and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ team that compiled the first comprehensive review of lithium reserves and resources of the world. He is active in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Geology (SME) and, in 1998, became president of the society.