In certain instances, lithium deposits reach high concentration levels at or below the surface of salt flats and salt brine deposits. Venetus Energy fully owns two of the very few lithium-rich brine-based salars and deposits in the world, which are located in Mexico
Such unique places can be explored much more easily, and put into production faster and more cheaply, than most comparable hard-rock deposits. Their characteristics are as follows:
Type of site:
Salt flats and brine deposits are found in terrains that are typically flat and arid, facilitating exploration, minimizing environmental impact, and also making the logistics of setting up an exploration operation relatively straightforward due to the reduced number of topographical challenges.
Drilling and analysis for explorations are simpler and softer, less geologically complex rock. Drilling for salt flats and brine deposits, which is almost fully liquid, is like drilling for water.
Salt flats and lithium-brine deposits are not as deep as most hard-rock deposits. Geophysical analyses, surveys and initial drilling can be done to a shallower level.
Drilling and Pumping:
Lithium brine is almost a liquid that can be pumped up and more like an oil well than hard rock drill hole.
When sea water is desalinized via evaporation in salt flats, 67% of the salt is recovered while 33% of it is left behind as residual brine. This left-over brine is not dangerous. However, since it can be harmful to marine flora and fauna due to its high soluble-salt content, as much of it is removed as possible, yielding financial profits. Indeed, brine contains metals with high commercial value.
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