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In Chilean Desert, Global Thirst for Lithium Is Fueling a 'Water War'

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Lithium mine, Altacama Salt Flat, Chile

A view of brine pools of a lithium mine on the Altacama Salt Flat in the Altacama Desert, Chile, August 16, 2018.

Credit: Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

On Chilean water regulator Oscar Cristi's desk, a small white espresso cup teeters atop piles of documents and loose folders that appear on the point of collapse, perhaps an apt metaphor for the growing water crisis in parts of the Andean country.

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