I'm curious about lithium mining?

Clearly, any effort to mass produce electric cars would require a great deal of lithium batteries. I'm curious if anybody knows anything about the lithium mining process.. Are there environmental dangers from trying to get to much of it out of the earth? How much is in the earth? Are we likely to run... show more Clearly, any effort to mass produce electric cars would require a great deal of lithium batteries.

I'm curious if anybody knows anything about the lithium mining process..

Are there environmental dangers from trying to get to much of it out of the earth?

How much is in the earth? Are we likely to run out of it, like we will fossil fuels?

Will lithium get a lot cheaper as we standardize and automate mining to produce massive quantities of it?
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