08.22.2022

South America’s ‘lithium fields’ reveal the dark side of our electric future

Lithium extraction fields in South America have been captured by an aerial photographer in stunning high definition.

But while the images may be breathtaking to look at, they represent the dark side of our swiftly electrifying world.

As the lightest known metal on the planet, [lithium] is now widely used in electric devices from mobile phones and laptops, to cars and aircraft.

However, this doesn’t come without a cost – mining the chemical element can be harmful to the environment.

German aerial photographer Tom Hegen specialises in documenting the traces we leave on the earth’s surface. His work provides an overview of places where we extract, refine and consume resources with his latest series exposing the “Lithium Triangle.”

Authored by Maeve Campbell and originally published at EuroNews Green on 15 August 2022 here.

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