I took the anticipated size of the Thacker Pass mine (including the mine itself as well as the disturbed areas from waste piles), and mapped it on top of a contour map of where I live to give me a better sense of the size of the area which will be destroyed by the mine. I recommend this exercise if you struggle to understand the area of immediate impacts of the mine (not including, of course, all the impacts related to noise, air pollution, ground water pollution and dewatering, climate change, general disturbance to habitat and wildlife, etc. that go far beyond the area of direct impact).

If you’d like to do this, you can use the following map from the Lithium Americas Scoping Report to estimate the size, which is what I did.

Scoping Report Map