Discovery of high grade lithium in Nigeria

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Recently high grade lithium has been discovered in Nigeria.

  • Lithium

  • Lithium is an element and is abundantly concentrated in nature in two minerals, spodumene and lepidolite.

  • They are usually found in special rocks called rares and greases.

  • The Geological Agency described lithium as high grade because it is found with an oxide content of 1–13%. Exploration usually starts at a low of 0.4%.

  • Lithium has an atomic number of 3 and an atomic mass of 6.941.

  • It is the lightest known metal.

  • USE

  • Lithium disilicate (Li2Si2O5) is a chemical compound from which glass and ceramic objects are made.

  • Lithium metal is used to make useful alloys.

  • Lithium is used in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and electric vehicles.


  • The Greenbush mine in Western Australia is the largest hard-rock lithium mine in the world.

  • The largest importers of lithium are South Korea, China, Japan, the United States and Belgium.

  • Recent surveys by researchers from the Directorate of Atomic Minerals (under the Atomic Energy Commission of India) have estimated the presence of lithium reserves of 14,100 tonnes in a small stretch of land in southern Karnataka's Mandya district.

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