Welcome to Lithium Valley: California is hoping to cash in on what lies beneath the Salton Sea, but at what cost?

Lithium batteries provide the power for electric cars, the vehicles of the future – and the signs are that there are vast reserves of the mineral underneath the environmental wasteland that is the Salton Sea in southern California. But can the Golden State capitalise fully on the so-called ‘white gold rush’?

6th November, 2021
Welcome to Lithium Valley: California is hoping to cash in on what lies beneath the Salton Sea, but at what cost?
The bottom of the Salton Sea in southern California is exposed as its waters evaporate, leaving behind a huge bowl of toxic sediment atop what is believed to be one of the world’s biggest lithium deposits. Picture: Getty

The Salton Sea, California’s former upscale resort turned giant eyesore, environmental hazard and off-grid enclave, may soon enter a new iteration: this time as one of the world’s biggest sources of lithium.

The area is seeing a flurry of activity as international energy corporations and start-ups race to extract what are believed to be vast amounts of lithium from geothermal energy plants and from beneath its rapidly vanishing salt lake. Gavin...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!


What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Trump family counting the costs of fighting legal battles on all fronts

Lucinda Creighton: US, Britain and and EU must unite in an allied pushback against Russian aggression

Marion McKeone: Biden is discovering that the buck stops with him after a difficult first year

Dan O’Brien: We’re poised on the knife-edge of a neutrality dilemma