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|Publicat: Dl Jun 14, 2021 7:06 am Assumpte: Can mining save Cornwall's economy?
|Can mining save Cornwall's economy?
At an industrial site in xoslot central Cornwall there are a couple of boreholes, each just 12cm across but driven down a kilometre into the rock.
They are pumping up water containing what may turn out to be a magic ingredient when it comes to Cornwall's future.
It's lithium, the element that goes into making batteries, for electric cars amongst other things.
"It's going to be absolutely crucial for the green industrial revolution and we think we have decent resources of it," says Lucy Crane, from the company Cornish Lithium.
Two hundred years ago, this part of Cornwall was dubbed the richest square mile on earth thanks to its copper mines, says Lucy.
And these modern day prospectors are hoping that lithium represents a new green "gold in them there hills". But it will take a couple of years before Cornish Lithium's pilot projects can establish just how much is down there.
In the meantime, with the leaders of seven of the world's richest countries here, mapping out a recovery from the biggest global health and economic shock in over a century, Cornwall itself is at an economic crossroads, more acute even than for the rest of the UK.