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In Search of the “Lithium Valley”: Why Energy Companies See Bounty in the California Desert

Companies say what lies beneath the Salton Sea could fuel a green energy boom. But struggling locals heard such claims outside an area along the Salton Sea that was once filled with water. Photograph: John Francis Peters / The Guardian Standing atop a pockmarked red mesa, Rod Colwell gazes at a body of water that looks like a thin strip of blue on the horizon. The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, has come and gone at least five times over the past 1,300 years, most recently in 1905, when

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