We left Salta at the crack of dawn. From here only a little more than 300 km are between us and the Olaroz salt flat, in Jujuy, but the distance seems enormous. The zigzagging road to the Altiplano is full of cacti, vicuñas, ever-changing shades and hues, stories of settlers and diverse perspectives about lithium. Today we would like to share some of those stories with you.
Salt flat ecologies
Salt flats are where a major part of global lithium reserves are found. Here, industries extract lithium from the salt brine found beneath the surface. But salt flats are more than sources of raw materials for global markets. Although they are often dubbed as deserts, many forms of life exist in these places – one just has to look carefully. This theme gathers contributions that do so.