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  THE group of islands off the northwest shores of the

  European Sub-Continent of Asia, which today constitute

  the nations of the UK and Eire, stems from the fact that

  Cornwall, as the centre of tin-mining for that group of

  islands, was the epicentre of the development of the

  Bronze Age, because [IT] was only one of less than

  10 places on earth where tin has ever been mined. 

  Mining existed in Cornwall from the days of stone age

  man and dates back to between 1000 and 2000 B.C.

  when Cornwall is thought to have been visited by metal

  traders from the eastern Mediterranean. They named

  Britain, the 'Cassiterides' - 'Tin Islands'; and [IT] was of

  course the Romans who named Britain, Britannia for the

  self same reason that the Latin name means 'land of tin'.


  Cornwall and the 
far west of Devon provided the majority

  of the United Kingdom's tin, copper and arsenic. Originally

  the tin was found as alluvial deposits in the gravels of

  stream beds, but eventually underground working took

  place. Tin lodes outcropped on the cliffs and underground

  mines sprung up as early as the 16th century. [IT] was

  however, in the 19th century that mining reached its

  zenith, before foreign competition depressed the price of

  copper and later tin, to a level that made Cornish ore

  unprofitable. At its height, the Cornish Tin Mining Industry

  had around 600 steam engines working to pump out the

  mines. Adventurers put up the capital, and the mine would

  hopefully return them a profit. During the 20th century

  various ores became briefly profitable, and mines were

  reopened, but today none remain. The collapse of the

  world tin cartel in 1986 being the last nail in the coffin

  of tin mining.


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Comment by Michael Grove on June 30, 2022 at 12:14
[IN] no way different a way than the very fact that precious metals have been mined in Cornwall for the last 4000 years, there [IS] no doubt that lithium has always been here ready to {BE] mined. So why the lust for lithium [NOW] though? What does this metal have that makes it so crucial in battery production?

Lucy Crane is senior geologist at Cornish Lithium.
“It is the lightest weight metal, and it has a really high charge density,” she tells National Geographic UK. “In cars, laptops and mobile phones, you need batteries to be lightweight and portable. So lithium-based batteries are key. At the moment, all the battery mega-factories around the world are geared to lithium.”

According to battery researchers The Faraday Institution, UK demand for lithium carbonate will exceed 70,000 tons by 2035. Together, Cornish Lithium and British Lithium could, in theory, supply the lot.
Comment by Michael Grove on December 20, 2022 at 9:36

Increasing awareness of the need to secure metals that facilitate the transition to renewable energy has seen the introduction this year of the US Government’s Inflation Reduction Act, the European Commission’s launch of a Critical Raw Material Act and publication of the UK Government’s first-ever UK Critical Minerals Strategy.

Cornish Lithium’s projects across Cornwall are expected to support part of the UK’s forecast requirement for 80,000 tonnes of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) by 2030, to support the UK’s transition to electric vehicle manufacturing. 

Comment by Michael Grove on October 10, 2023 at 9:59
Another Quarter of Significant Progress for Cornish Lithium with Landmark Funding Secured

Cornish Lithium, the pioneering mineral exploration and development company, has announced another successful quarter with significant operational progress, combined with securing a landmark £53.6m funding package from the UKIB, EMG and TechMet. This funding was closely followed by a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign which raised an additional £5.1m, from both new and existing shareholders.

Work has continued apace towards the commercialisation of Cornish Lithium’s lithium in geothermal waters projects and significant progress has also been made at its Trelavour Hard Rock Project, both in Cornwall, UK.

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