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Bolivia #19

Bolivia #19
Hell on Earth in Laguna Collpa (elev. 4,552m). All day long, mining and shoveling corrosive borax and lithium salt deposits for ONE USD a day..

Bruno Suignard, NGC300 have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Tadeusz Tale
Tadeusz Tale
Beautiful scenery!!!!!
4 years ago.
Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
very impressive, very wel done
4 years ago.
Elene
Elene
Interesting to see,nice light *
4 years ago.
NGC300
NGC300
Such a powerful shot; also the reality of life's hardships.
4 years ago.
Stewart S
Stewart S
What a thought! It would be beautiful, if not for man exploiting the environment and exploiting man, all hidden away from the end-users.
4 years ago.
Thémistocle le Grec has replied to Stewart S
Hi Stew!
These deposits contain in majority metalloids, like boron
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boron
and light metals like lithium. The link above will give you all information about the current uses of boron. In the 1960s, this element became famous because it was used for jet and rocket fuels, especially for the 1st Soviet-made ICBM, and also for the US ill-fated behemoth bomber, the B-70 "Walkyrie".
Lithium is the center of a worldwide fight between a lot of well-known companies, since it's the element used for Lion batteries. Not only for Apple slates, Ipod, Iphone and other amenities, but particularly for electric cars. Lithium has become a strategic stuff!. I'm not convinced the life of these miners will improve in the same way.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Bruno Suignard
Bruno Suignard
belle et interessante photo!!*****************************
4 years ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Hell and Main Street bank in one place... sauf pour eux !
4 years ago.