According to recent research coming from Stanford University, the surrounding areas of supervolcanoes might actually hide prized EV elements, such as lithium.
The Yellowstone Caldera, Long Valley Caldera, Valles Caldera, Lake Toba, Taupo Calderam, and Aira Caldera – these are all supervolcanoes, the type of volcano that might erupt with magnitudes of force and spew out more than 240 cubic miles (1,000 cubic kilometers) of masses. Hope that none of them erupts – because researchers also call such a thing an apocalyptic type of natural disaster. And while they’re dormant – some of them are still active, actually – they could help the electric revolution because of their hidden stash of prized elements.
The study’s lead author, Thomas Benson, already issued an alarm saying overall demand for lithium has surpassed the scientific understanding of the precious resource, which is why he thinks the “fundamental science behind these resources [need] to catch up.” He identified supervolcanoes as important lithium deposits easier to access. This comes after research has been done on volcanic magma generated by supervolcanoes millions of years ago, discovering the soft, silvery-white alkali metal that we call lithium. This chemical element (with the symbol Li), is highly flammable and reactive and it’s considered the lightest metal and the lightest solid element.
Via Automotive News