Ever visit Salton Sea?

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      HassleCat
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      https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/11/business/salton-sea-lithium-extraction/index.html

      It once was intended to be a resort community. If you visit there, you can see they had Big Plans at one time. Now it looks like a convenient place to extract lithium.

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      GZeusH
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      North Shore was all the rage then, but by the 1980s the smell of dead fish washing up nixed those plans.   The only place near the Salton Sea with a chance now is on the west (upwind) shore, and that’s only because they have an Indian casino.

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      the folks that remain in places like that fascinate me.  i want to know them & know why they stay on.

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      eridani
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      https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/11/business/salton-sea-lithium-extraction/index.html

      The Salton Sea, which lies roughly in the middle of the massive geologic low point, isn’t really a sea, at all. The largest inland lake in California, it’s 51 miles long from north to south and 17 miles wide, but gradually shrinking as less and less water flows into it. At one time, it was a thriving entertainment and recreation spot, business that has also largely dried up. It’s left behind abandoned buildings and shallow, gray beaches. The highways that ring the lake are traversed now mostly by passing trucks.

      Over the past few years, companies have been coming here to extract a valuable metal, lithium, that the car industry needs as it shifts to making electric cars. Lithium is the lightest naturally occurring metal element on Earth, and, for that reason among others, it’s important for electric car batteries, which must store a lot of electricity in a package that weighs as little as possible.

      What’s more, with the Salton Sea Basin’s unique geography, engineers and technicians can get the lithium with minimal environmental destruction, according to companies that are working there. In other places, lithium is taken from the earth using hard rock mining that leaves huge, ugly scars in the land. Here, it exists naturally in a liquid form, so extraction doesn’t require mining or blasting.

      Over thousands of years, floodwaters from the Colorado River, carrying minerals pulled away from the Rocky Mountains, the Ruby Canyon, Glen Canyon, the Grand Canyon and more, have washed into these lowlands. Time and again the water has come and evaporated, leaving behind metals that have ended up deep in the ground.

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      Babel 17
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      It was like a chapter from Breaking Bad before there was a Breaking Bad.

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