Ghana has discovered a new mineral, Lithium in commercial quantities.
Lithium, which is among the top 10 most expensive minerals in the world was discovered in the Volta Region by the Minerals Commission.
According to the Chief Executive of the Commission, Kwaku Addai Antwi-Boasiako, the mineral was identified during a nationwide exploration exercise.
“The mining activities will start but we want to attract investments into the Volta Region, that is where we have the Lithium and all these rare minerals. These are the minerals of the future. Lithium is about green energy and renewable energy. So if you have lithium and all these rare minerals in the Volta Region, you will want to expand the base of mineral production. The presence of these minerals is as important as having the money to mine them… for now, we know we have it,” he told Citi News.
Little Information about lithium
Named from the Greek word meaning “stone”, lithium is a very soft, silvery-white metal. Like all of the alkali metals, it is quite reactive in the presence of water and oxygen. Lithium is the least reactive of the alkali metals, but it will smoke and sizzle if water is poured upon it. Lithium is the lightest metal, so light that a bar of it will float on water. Lithium is combined with aluminum and magnesium to make light-weight alloys. It is used as a reducing agent in making many organic compounds. It has a low melting point and the highest heat capacity of any element. Consequently, it is used as a coolant in some nuclear reactors. Lithium also is used in lubricating grease, industrial dryers and air-conditioners, batteries, glass, medicines and nuclear bombs.