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🪨 Emily King's Thoughts On China’s Graphite Export Restrictions

Here we go again, another blow by China in the critical minerals space. Are any of us surprised? At some point we need to take responsibility for our country’s abdication of responsibility for self-sufficiency in this space. We have six publicly traded graphite projects in the US, and yet the world’s leading superpower doesn’t have one producing graphite mine. Blaming China doesn't fly - we can’t expect to win the game if we don’t even get on the field.

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Which European Countries Are The Best And Worst At Recycling?

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Daggett Lithium Project

Company: M3 Metals Corp. (MT:TSXV)

Geography: USA

Minerals: Lithium

Date: 10/13/23

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The Daggett Lithium Project consists of 96 claims covering 784 hectares in the Mojave Desert in California. The project hosts lithium-enriched clays within the Miocene Barstow Formation exposed over a 7km trend. A brief surface sampling program in 2022 returned anomalous lithium values, although lab assays were lower than initial field readings. The project is considered to have potential for economically extractable lithium based on the large area and thickness of mineralization.

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