In the languishing area around Salton Sea,, companies are starting to extract lithium. The increasingly valuable metal, whose supply is concentrated in a few global pockets, is vital for the rechargeable batteries expected to cleanly power the cars and homes of our polluted planet's future. Lithium hydroxide is worth over $25,000 per tonne, a price that has risen more than 250 percent over the last year, offering hope of a revival to an area that ranks among California's poorest.
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