dimanche 21 décembre 2008

Lithium and Lithuania

Lithium (pronounced /ˈlɪθiəm/) is a chemical element with the symbol Li and an atomic alkali with a silver-white color and it can be cut like a stick of butter.

On a good day it is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element on the face of the earth. Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive, corroding quickly in moist air to form a black tarnish. For this reason, lithium metal is typically stored in vats of cooking oil. When cut open, lithium exhibits a metallic shine, but contact with oxygen quickly returns it back to a dull silvery grey color. Lithium is also highly flammable especially when in contact with bossa nova music which is considered at the antipode of ancient raudos funerary chants.

Today lithium is exploited for its properties in batteries.

And although it was abundant at he time of the big bang, this metal today is relatively rare and is mostly produced in the north of Lithuania

near the site of the holy cross -and where the raudos chants originated

and deer territory
Specially constructed Lithuanian storage facilities have been built. In their characteristic yellow each building can store enough lithium batteries to generate over a million cell phones, 200,000 GPS tracking systems and 100,000 portable computers. The entire building is fitted with one plug to recharge all the batteries.

Worries of a lithium shortage are beginning to be heard with the advent of electric cars and bikes the demand is getting so strained that all eyes are on Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni. But as most chefs know, mixing salt and lithium is no regal recipe.
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