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Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining
Chilean regulators have charged a mining company with over-drawing lithium-rich brine from the fragile salt flats in the Atacama desert, drawing down the water table, according to documents. The case raises questions about the environmental impacts of lithium mining just as Chile has green-lighted a tripling of production by mining giants SQM and Albemarle.
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October 18, 2018
Brine pools from a lithium mine, that belongs U.S.-based Albemarle Corp, is seen on the Atacama salt...
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Brine pools from a lithium mine, that belongs U.S.-based Albemarle Corp, is seen on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado ÊSEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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October 18, 2018
Flamingo birds are seen at Chaxa lagoon on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August...
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The Wider Image: Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining
Flamingo birds are seen at Chaxa lagoon on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Licancabur volcano is seen from a dry crop field at Salar area next to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August...
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The Wider Image: Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining
Licancabur volcano is seen from a dry crop field at Salar area next to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A sign reading 'No trespassing' stands at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama,...
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A sign reading 'No trespassing' stands at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
President of the Atacamenos Peoples Council, Manuel Salvatierra, gestures whilst at a dry Cachiyuyo plant...
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President of the Atacamenos Peoples Council, Manuel Salvatierra, gestures whilst at a dry Cachiyuyo plant field near San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Reuters' journalist Dave Sherwood stands on the Atacama salt flat near Chaxa lagoon in the Atacama desert,...
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Reuters' journalist Dave Sherwood stands on the Atacama salt flat near Chaxa lagoon in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Water flows in an irrigation canal in front of Lascar volcano in the Talabre area at Atacama salt flat...
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Water flows in an irrigation canal in front of Lascar volcano in the Talabre area at Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
The shadow of a roof is cast on an old corral at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de...
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The shadow of a roof is cast on an old corral at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Water containers are seen on a construction at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama,...
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Water containers are seen on a construction at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A tourist uses a mobile phone in front of Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) near San Pedro de Atacama in...
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A tourist uses a mobile phone in front of Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) near San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Workers prepare to install a moisture metering system in the middle of Atacama salt flat near Toconao...
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Workers prepare to install a moisture metering system in the middle of Atacama salt flat near Toconao in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A park ranger irrigates a young tree at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama,...
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A park ranger irrigates a young tree at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A cat jumps over a dried irrigation canal at Salar area next to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15,...
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A cat jumps over a dried irrigation canal at Salar area next to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Empty water containers hang outside a mud house of a park ranger at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat...
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Empty water containers hang outside a mud house of a park ranger at Cejar lagoon at Atacama salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Former president of the Atacamenos Peoples Council, Ana Ramos, holds up a handful of alfalfa on a dried...
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Former president of the Atacamenos Peoples Council, Ana Ramos, holds up a handful of alfalfa on a dried alfalfa field at Salar area next to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A nun sprinkles holy water on believers inside a church during a religious holiday in the Peine area...
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The Wider Image: Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining
A nun sprinkles holy water on believers inside a church during a religious holiday in the Peine area on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
Locals dance amidst confetti at sunset during a religious holiday in the Peine area on the Atacama salt...
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The Wider Image: Water fight raises questions over Chile lithium mining
Locals dance amidst confetti at sunset during a religious holiday in the Peine area on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 18, 2018
A view through a car window of a mining camp belonging to SQM lithium plant during nightfall near the...
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A view through a car window of a mining camp belonging to SQM lithium plant during nightfall near the Peine area on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama desert, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "MINE LITHIUM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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