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Future of electric cars is at the bottom of a Chinese salt lake

Production of valuable lithium ramping up in mountains 3,000 meters above sea level

China's Chaerhan Salt Lake is one of the largest lithium-producing areas in the world. Local people call it the "mirror of the sky." (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

GOLMUD, China -- The world is on the brink of an electric vehicle revolution. The widespread use of electric cars will depend on the availability of lithium, which is crucial for electric vehicle batteries. China is the world's second-richest country in lithium reserves, after Chile.

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