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Lithium 101 | National Geographic ctm magazine

Lithium makes up only 0.002% of the Earth’s crust, but has become a major component of technology and industry. Find out about the chemical properties of lithium, how those properties allow lithium to be versatile, and which countries are home to the world’s largest supply of lithium.
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  • National Geographic on January 23, 2019

    You may have already used lithium if you've used electronics with rechargeable batteries. What are your thoughts on this valuable resource?

  • चिंकू मिंकू on January 24, 2019

    Looks like Chile needs some freedom.

  • JxBANE on January 25, 2019

    Too short but, alas, it was free

  • D5XC90 on January 25, 2019

    Also used to treat bi-polar disorder

  • gorbulas on January 25, 2019

    Would be nice if it were a bit more accurate, smart phone batteries are no where near the smallest batteries made with lithium.

  • Bryan Lee on January 25, 2019

    Chile & Bolivia, get ready for regime change

  • Hitesh Thakur on January 26, 2019


  • Dave on January 26, 2019

    Can Bolivia be the next Norway, Qatar, or Kuwait with it's gigantic Lithium deposit…?
    Or end up like Venezuela who owned 300 billion barrel proven crude oil reserves…?
    Yet to be seen.

  • Lyimo Ej on January 27, 2019

    Waiting for lithium powered passenger jet

  • Akira on January 27, 2019

    i learned…nothing thx

  • hyou zan ren on January 27, 2019

    And people said we cant make batteries from rocks!

  • Rollo G on January 27, 2019

    Graphene where you at!

  • aneesh89 on January 27, 2019

    lithium mining is a very dirty business not good for the environment

  • Demlin Nalo on January 28, 2019


  • Carlo Clores on January 28, 2019


  • Amirtharaj Dominic on January 29, 2019

    After Petroleum, Lithium change global economy in feature ,these 2 countries next target of American Imperialism.

  • Addie Morgiewicz on January 30, 2019

    Is lithium also used for autism, depression, and bipolar disorder?

  • Pembasmi Hama on January 30, 2019

    Save what? Do you mean destroy?

  • Zafar Alam on January 31, 2019

    Formula is LiOH, you have given wrong one

  • Tech guide on February 8, 2019

    lithium is available in PAkistanbut they dont knows its more than Chile .

  • DRC on February 9, 2019

    Should have been an electric 4WD at the end…

  • Michael Nablo on February 10, 2019

    Lithium-by Nirvana😎

  • José SAN on February 12, 2019


  • Fernando Ceja on February 23, 2019

    I come here because on TV the only thing is programmed is the stupid Chum Lee.

  • alex wintermeyer on February 24, 2019

    Viva Chile!

  • ohohvalerie on March 3, 2019

    Here I am thinking this was going to be about the medication

  • Alexander Sundukov on March 5, 2019

    0:47 Lithium Applications
    2:27 Lithium Deposits

  • Inshelent Productions on March 6, 2019

    I'm so happy
    Becuase today I found my friends

  • Proton Helix Negatron. Oscar on March 23, 2019

    Lethium Sodium Dioxide!

  • Vikram M on March 26, 2019

    Recycling lithium products has series impact on the environment.

  • Batman on August 22, 2019

    What if lithium reserves fully depleted?

  • Dent Shino on August 25, 2019

    I love how they explain every details about lithium 🙂

  • vikram dharma on February 6, 2020

    Chile , Bolivia are lucky to have majority of lithium resources. Hope so the local people( Bolivia and Chile) are really enjoying the benefits of the lithium industry . Really south- America and Africa are boon to our world because of their vast natural resources. But alas they are not developed especially Africa

  • TANJIRO on February 7, 2020

    Graphene has entered the chat

  • creme betweens on May 4, 2020

    Was waiting for a Nirvana reference

  • Herbalism With Tania on May 6, 2020

    Natural resources have caused too many wars and genocides…I only buy used phones bc it's just not worth it (also the newest version is not worth the costs lol)

  • Louise Green on May 7, 2020

    It's so much better the n learning at school then YouTube

  • Safiullah Kakar on July 7, 2020

    I love 101 videos

  • Shrimp on September 7, 2020

    Wow… This helped me in my science project. Thank You. (´▽`ʃ♡ƪ)

  • Vantas Black on October 2, 2020

    Me seeing that everyone else looked this based on batteries. But me looking this bc I saw that for bipolarity they recommend using lithium. And I Just got diagnosed with it a few days ago

  • Good Day on October 19, 2020

    Recommended after Bolivian Election result.

  • Fawwaz Helmee on February 14, 2021

    Very good and informative…

  • Priest Guardian on March 4, 2021

    FAKE NEWS !!!!!! Watch ELON MUSK on this topic. Lithium is the most ABUNDENT resource on Earth

  • Infinity on November 20, 2021

    Rip earth, nice video well explained as always.

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