Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hey, youse guys, I'm still unable to type very long, but…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 1:36 PM Permalink

…I was talking to a young man whom is like a son to me, has been to Afghanistan twice, and he tells me that the military, or some civilian company with them, has discovered that Afghanistan is squarely on top of the greatest amount of lithium ever discovered.

I can't yet think clearly enough to decipher the full import of this, but isn't lithium used for lots and lots of stuff, like the newer batteries they put in cars and other things?

He said he overheard a discussion where the civilian, apparently, told the military that there is lithium mining started that will dwarf the 49er gold rush and that this is the largest discovery of lithium in the history of man.

Does this make sense to anyone? I googled it and found:
lithium stearate is mixed with oils to make all-purpose and high-temperature lubricants

lithium hydroxide is used to absorb carbon dioxide in space vehicles

lithium is alloyed with aluminium, copper, manganese, and cadmium to make high perfomance alloys for aircraft

Bahnmetall consists of lead containing 0.04% lithium, 0.7% calcium and 0.6% sodium is harder than pure lead and was used for railroad car bearings in Germany
compounds such as LiAlH4 and organolithium reagents (LiMe, LiPh, etc.) are very important as reagents in organic chemistry

lithium metal has the highest specific heat of any solid element and so heat transfer applications
various nuclear applications

lithium is sometimes used as battery anode material (high electrochemical potential) and lithium compounds are used in dry cells and storage batteries

lithium is used in the manufacture of special high strength glasses and ceramics

sometimes, lithium-based compounds such as lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) are used as drugs to treat manic-depressive disorders.



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