15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Desert energy, Lithium pools of Bolivia

Desert energy - Enormous evaporation lithium pools near Lippi production plant on the South edge of Salar de Uyuni! The workers are drilling the salt with humongous rigs, aiming for the brine underneath at the world’ biggest salt flats at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Lodged under enormous quantities of magnesium and potassium lies their goal: lithium, the essential power source for all the world's gadgets, the key component to fuel the 21-st century.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Rio Grande, Bolivia, Bolivia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Matjaz Krivic