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Pathways and Biogeochemical Behavior of Critical and Associated Metals

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This task adddressed the  potential environmental impacts resulting from the increased use of critical elements such as Li, Te, Ga, In, and the REEs, in order to utilize these resources in a cost-effective and environmentally protective manner.

Contacts: Laurie S. Balistrieri, 206-543-8966, balistri@usgs.gov,
Andrea L. Foster, 650-329-5437, afoster@usgs.gov,
and Lisa L. Stillings, 775-784-5803, stilling@usgs.gov

  Clayton Valley, Nevada, USA, the location of the sole lithium brine in production in North America .

Clayton Valley, Nevada, USA, the location of the sole lithium brine in production in North America. Climate fluctuations over time have played a role in the preservation of Li in clays (hectorite).

  Subtasks:

Subtask 7.1  Mineralogical Studies of Lithium-Bearing Hectorite

Subtask 7.2. Aqueous Geochemical Modeling of Rare Earth Elements using PHREEQC

Subtask 7.3 Geochemistry, Speciation, and Toxicology of Energy Critical Elements

 

 

 

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