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Could the green revolution begin down this disused Cornish mine?

Lithium—the crucial ingredient in the world’s best batteries—could help us kick the oil addiction. Jay Elwes descended down a dark tunnel in the countryside to find out more

By Jay Elwes   April 2018

© PAUL MARTIN / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The entrance to South Crofty, a 400-year-old copper and tin mine in west Cornwall, is shut off by two high red gates. Since the mine closed in 1998, a decade or so after that industry began grinding to a halt in the region, few people have ventured inside. But on a recent winter’s morning, Aaron Wilkins, a geologist who believes the mine has a future, drove Jay Elwes…

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