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Afghanistan’s Lithium reserves deems paramount source of wealth

Lithium, a light and lustrous metal finds extensive application in producing batteries that drive a wide range of electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, and electric and hybrid vehicles. In a recent publication, the esteemed British newspaper Financial Times highlighted Afghanistan’s significant lithium reserves, noting their potential to rival those of other nations in the global market. Ilif Nur Oðlu, the head of the Economics Faculty at Turkey-Germany University, states that lithium is rapidly transforming into a strategic commodity akin to oil. According to reports, geologists estimated the value of lithium reserves in Afghanistan’s provinces of Ghazni, Herat, and Nimroz at $3 trillion in a study conducted in 2010. Bloomberg New Energy, a foundation providing strategic research on in ternational commodities, indicates that controlling the untapped reserves of lithium and other rare elements in Afghanistan intensifies the competition between the European Union and the United States. “If Afghanistan stabilizes for a few years and extracts its mineral resources, it will become one of the wealthiest countries in the region during a decade,” said Saeed Mirzad, one of the members of the U.S. Geological Survey Team to Science magazine in 2010. The lithium reserves in Afghanistan were first discovered in the 1980s by experts from the Soviet Union’s mining specialists. Furthermore, until 2004, a group of American geologists meticulously kept it hidden while collecting old maps and data during a Geological Survey of Afghanistan in Kabul. According to recent scientific findings, lithium is not only used in batteries but also in nuclear technology. Due to its lightweight and high heat tolerance, it is combined with aluminum and copper in aircraft structures. In addition, this rare mineral is utilized in some psychiatric medications and dental ceramics. Based on extensive research, scientists have concluded that Afghanistan may possess 60 million tons of copper, 2.2 billion tons of iron, and 1.4 million tons of rare elements such as tantalum, cerium, and neodymium. Experts believe that lithium mining in Afghanistan alone has the potential to create billions of dollars in wealth for the country and transform Afghanistan from a poor and aid-dependent nation into a wealthy and developed country. Shukria Kohistani

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