In Western Australia, iron ore, gold, alumina, and nickel mines are distributed across the dry landscape. The Australian Broadcasting Company reports that a new metal is entering the mix. Immediately above, West Kalgoorlie is the site of a proposed lithium refinery. Left and below, images show mining infrastructure southeast of Kambalda, Australia, including the Bald Hill Lithium mine.
"Western Australia is tipped to produce more than half of the world’s lithium supply by the end of this year, as new mines come online and the world’s appetite for the materials used to make batteries for electric vehicles grows."