German tv about lithium

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

German TV Channel ZDF had a short video on lithium production in the Salar de Uyuni last week. It’s quiet a optimistic (even naive?) one, saying things like “Bolivia turns into the Saudi Arabia of Lithium” without mentioning all the problems and challenges that are connected with this huge project. In german only.

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The Devils Miner

October 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

By chance I found out that the mine at the Cerro Rico where I spent some time, the Cumbre / Cumbre II, played an important role in the following documentary: 

The Devil’s miner is an interesting and also sad documentary, focussing on the 14 year old Basilio Vargas who has been working in the Cumbre mine since he was 10, and wishes to become a teacher later. As the wages in the Cumbre mine were not very high, he moved on to a bigger mine, so I didn’t meet him. Would be interesting to know if he still works somewhere in the mines or if he could follow his dream and escape the hard work in the mines. Higly recommended.

English video on the Lithium in Bolivia

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

In order to give you a first idea of the topic of my thesis, please see the following videos in english or german.

ORF Video on Lithium in Bolivia – german

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

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