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Bolivia's lithium-rich salt flats
Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Tapping into a vast lithium bounty, President Evo Morales envisions a Bolivian revolution charged on the stuff used to make our smartphone and electric car batteries.

Here are photos from the massive salt flats thought to have one of the world's biggest lithium reserves.

Read GlobalPost's dispatch here.

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A Japanese tourist couple walks on Bolivia's Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat said to also have one of the richest deposits of lithium.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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A view of the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

(Martin Bernetti - AFP/Getty Images)
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Tourists bathe in hot springs near the small village of Agua Brava, near the Uyuni salt flats, Potosi, Bolivia.

(Martin Bernetti - AFP/Getty Images)
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A flock of flamingos wade in Bolivia's Laguna Colorada located within the Eduardo Abaroa Andean National Fauna Reserve in the highlands of San Luis, near the border with Chile, in the Uyuni salt flats.

(Martin Bernetti - AFP/Getty Images)
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A miner attending the ceremony in 2009 in which Bolivian President Evo Morales received the first laboratory samples of lithium from Uyuni.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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Bolivian President Evo Morales says during a press conference in La Paz that Bolivia has about 70 percent of the world's lithium.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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Flags from numerous countries wave at the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. The government plans to seek help from Asian and European countries for its Lithium project.

(Martin Bernetti - AFP/Getty Images)
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Chemical engineer Manuela Quispe observes samples of lithium carbonate at the pilot plant built at Bolivia's Uyuni salt flat.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Aymara indigenous woman collects salt in the world's largest salt flat in Bolivia.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Bolivian engineer shows brine from a pool at the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

(Martin Bernetti - AFP/Getty Images)
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A worker builds a stone barrier by a brine pool at Bolivia's salt flats.

(Aizar Raldes - AFP/Getty Images)
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A stripped down cellphone is set out with minerals representing substances typically found in mobiles, including (from top L) bauxite, from which aluminum is derived, a lepidolite mineral that contains lithium, chalcopyrite containing copper, quartz that contains silicon, bituminous shale, from which plastic is derived, and chunk of magnetic iron.

(Sean Gallup - Getty Images)
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