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Mineral profiles

Download Mineral profile - Lithium

The mineral profile series presents essential background information on individual mineral commodities for the non-specialist user. They are not intended to be highly technical but contain sufficient detail to enable the reader to gain a broad understanding of the particular mineral described.

Each profile summarises:

  • the nature and geological occurrence of deposits
  • extraction and processing methods
  • specifications and uses
  • world production, trade and prices
  • the situation relating to the United Kingdom

If any of the terms contained in the profiles are unfamiliar, please refer to our glossary [Glossary].


Please click on the links below or the images for free downloads of the mineral profiles.

Download Mineral profile - Coal
Download Mineral profile - Cobalt
Download Mineral profile - Copper
Download Mineral profile - Fluorspar
Download Mineral profile - Lithium

Download Mineral profile - Nickel
Download Mineral profile - Niobium-Tantalum
Download Mineral profile - Platinum Group Elements
Download Mineral profile - Rare Earth Elements Profile
Download Mineral profile - Tungsten Profile
Download Mineral profile - Uranium Profile

The following older versions are also available as free downloads:

Barytes (1.2 Mb) (September 2005)
Cement Raw Materials (292 kb) (November 2005)
Building and Roofing Stone (664 kb) (November 2005)
Magnesium (119 kb) (March 2004)
Zinc (190 kb) (March 2004)

Related publications

Download Briefing Note- Battery raw materials

The Briefing note on raw materials for batteries in electric vehicles presents some of the key issues associated with the demand and supply of key commodities, such as cobalt, lithium and nickel, as well as a discussion of potential mitigation actions.

Download the Briefing Note- Battery raw materials (909 kb) (May 2018)

Raw materials for a low carbon future