DATABASE OF GLOBAL HARD ROCK LITHIUM OCCURRENCES
By Tercienco bvba and GF Consult bvba
Highlights of the database
- More than 730 lithium mineral occurrences in a hard rock environment
- Now also includes declared or estimated production numbers for existing mines and development projects
- Full traceability to original source data
Scope of the database
The global demand for lithium is surging, with the market expected to triple or quadruple in the next decade.
In line with the increasing worldwide demand, exploration and mining of hard rock lithium deposits has grown significantly during the last years. Currently, over 120 public and private companies are actively exploring for, or mining, lithium minerals from a hard rock environment.
One of the advantages of hard rock lithium deposits over other sources, such as lithium-rich brines, is their global distribution, with known occurrences in more than 60 countries distributed over all continents (Figure 1). In addition, hard rock lithium mineral deposits do not only serve as a source for lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide used in the battery market, but can also yield high-purity mineral products for the ceramic and glass industries.
Available databases on the occurrence of hard rock lithium minerals are often restricted to a few dozen well-known deposits, often lack consistency (for example concerning the type of resource estimates used) and rarely cite the sources from which the original information has been extracted. This renders data verification and comparison very difficult, if not impossible.
Tercienco bvba, in cooperation with GF Consult bvba, have constructed a comprehensive, internally consistent and traceable database of the currently-known hard rock lithium mineral occurrences in the World.
The database contains over 730 sites where such Li-mineralisation is known to exist, including 14 operating mines, 49 projects that are in an advanced stage of exploration or development, and more than 430 projects that are currently in an early stage of exploration.
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The database is provided in Microsoft Excel-format, as a PDF-document and as a KML-file that can be directly opened in Google Earth. A list of bibliographic references for the citations made in the Database is provided as a separate CSV-file and PDF-document. An Explanatory Note that describes the different elements in the Database is provided and can be downloaded freely HERE.