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Supervolcanoes: A key to America's electric future?

(Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences ) Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. A domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for modern technology.
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