Course curriculum

    1. A message from the instructor

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    2. How to use this course

    3. Before we begin...

    1. What is lithium and why is it important?

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    2. How does a lithium ion battery work?

    3. Lithium sources, suppliers, market trends and prices

    4. Processing methods and costs

    5. Background readings and Links for Module 1 - The Lithium Undustry

    6. Test your understanding of module 1

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    1. Lithium enrichment - General principles across hard rock and brine focused accumulations

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    2. Enrichment concepts in high-altitude cold-desert salars - the hydrology of capillary aggradation or degradation?

    3. Background readings for Module 2 - Lithium enrichment in brines

    4. Test your understanding of module 2

    1. Salar de Atacama, Chile, Regional setting

    2. Salar de Atacama - What lies beneath - halokinesis and volcanism?

    3. Salar de Atacama, lithium in the sump hydrogeology

    4. Salar de Atacama, Chemistry of the solar concentration ponds

    5. Water problems in Salar de Atacama and lithium brine possibilities in Salar de Maricunga, Chile

    6. Geology and hydrology of the lithium salars in Argentina - Salar de Hombre Muerto

    7. Geology and hydrology of the lithium salars in Argentina - Salar de Olaroz and Cauchari

    8. Geology and hydrology of the lithium salars in Argentina - Salar de Rincón

    9. Background readings and Links for Module 3 - The Lithium Crescent

    10. Test your understanding of module 3

    1. Contrasting hydrologies in the Zabuye Basin, China: Why does a lithium carbonate salt form naturally in this high altitude lake, subject to climate change and water level fluctuations?

    2. Zabuye Lake - Pan geology and brine chemistry in a cold high altitude saline carbonate lake - How seasonal density stratification drives the precipitation of lithium carbonate

    3. Importance of topography in lithium extraction plants in intermontane settings in the Himalayas

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    4. Lithium extraction in the Qaidam Basin, China

    5. Background readings and links for Module 4 - Lithium Brines in China

    6. Test your understanding of module 4 - Lithium from Brine in China

    1. Lithium brines in the Clayton Valley, Nevada

    2. Background readings and links for Module 5 - Lithium in Playa brines in North America

    3. Test your understanding of module 5

About this course

  • $495.00
  • 44 lessons
  • 5.5 hours of video content