Rajasthan has a bright future, if the discovery of 11.48 crore tonnes of gold deposits under the earth’s surface, is anything to go by!
Scientists and geologists confirmed the astonishing figure, and experts claimed that the deposits are located mostly in the cities of Banswara and Udaipur.
These deposits are expected to be present 300 feet below the earth’s surface, according to N Kutumba Rao, the Director General of the Geological Survey of India. After traces of copper and gold were found in these locations, exploration for the same has begun. The Neem Ka Thana area in Sikar district is another location where work is being done, to extract these materials from the earth.
Gold and copper are just two of the materials found. Zinc and lead deposits are aplenty as well. Scientists estimate around 350 million tonnes of the same in the Rajpura-Dariba mines, in Jaipur. Search is also on in the town of Bhilwara to see if these valuable minerals are present under the earth.
This is not the first time the region has yielded essential minerals. Rajasthan has provided around 80 million tonnes of copper till date, and the Thar Desert yields approximately 1.7 lakh barrels of crude oil on a daily basis, apart from having a high concentration of rare earth elements, as reported by the Times of India, almost two years ago.
Rare earth elements are a set of 17 chemicals which occur naturally in trace quantities and are in great demand in the nuclear and space sector, energy, defence, chemicals and electronics industries.
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Rajasthan seems to be rich in minerals and other precious elements, that have a wide commercial use. Let us hope they mine it responsibly, without hurting the environment!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)