Chemicals Used in Mining - Hesperian Health Guides
Lithium obtained from salars is recovered in the form of lithium carbonate, the raw material used in lithium ion batteries. The production process is fairly straightforward and requires only natural evaporation, which leaves behind not only lithium, but also magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium.. The lithium content of ocean water is far lower, hovering around 0.17 parts per million.Source: Anon, 2006, Dirty Metal, Mining Communities and Environment, Earthworks, Oxfam America, Washington, pp 4 Chapter 4.5 Mine wastes management Mining wastes is generated during the process of extraction, beneficiation and processing of minerals. Extraction is the first phase that consists of the initial removal of ore from the earth.