Search for rare earth and nuclear minerals widens in Central India

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  1. Singh

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    Feb 23, 2009
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    Search for atomic minerals widens in Central India

    NAGPUR: Continuing its exercise of exploring known as well as newer areas for uranium, the Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD) for Exploration and Research is now enhancing activities in the Satpuda-Gondwana formations, especially in the Sarguja belt.

    The directorate is also focusing on increasing exploration activities in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh for rare earth metals like niobium (used in nuclear reactors) and tantalum (used in electronics industry).

    AMD director Pratap Singh Parihar told TOI that the central region (Nagpur office) of the directorate covering some parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha had long been exploring for uranium in the Gondwana formations in Central India. Recently, it has enhanced its activities in the Satpuda-Gondwana formations, especially in Sarguja district in Chhattisgarh. Central region has already been working in Sarguja, Indravati and Jagdalpur areas in Chhattisgarh, and Nalpani area in Durg district. The directorate is also drilling for uranium in Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Karnataka.

    "We are targeting extension areas in the already known presence of uranium in these Satupda-Gondwana formations. The signatures of mineral were already there. We are now going for more detailed investigations of migmatite rock types, known to contain uranium. Drilling work has already begun in some areas," he said. Parihar was in the city to inaugurate a science expo organized by Raman Science Centre.

    AMD is also shifting its focus towards rare earth metals, especially niobium and tantalum. These metals are already known in these states in certain areas. The directorate is now concentrating the search in detailed manner in the established areas. "We are getting good results at Marlagalam in Mandya district in Karnataka," commented Parihar. Niobium is a metal used as an alloy in nuclear reactors and is hence important for AMD while tantalum is used in the electronics industry.

    One of the biggest achievement of the directorate in the recent past has been establishing presence of as much as 62,000 tons of uranium at 450 parts per million concentration from earlier known occurrence of 15,000 tons in Kadappa district in Andhra Pradesh.

    In fact, Uranium Corporation India Limited ( UCIL) has already constructed an underground mine at Tummalapalle. The commercial production of uranium may commence any time this year.

    Search for atomic minerals widens in Central India - Times Of India
  3. Iamanidiot

    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

    Dec 21, 2009
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    The Kadapa reserve Iam hearing is not as commercialy viable as they are saying in the media.Very little Uranium can be extracted as the ore there is quite low grade

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

    Feb 16, 2009
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    The highest grade of Uranium is in Ladakh. Reported as one of the highest grades in the world.
  5. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

    Jul 20, 2011
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    Why do you think China wants to grab Ladakh? :)
  6. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    If indeed Ladakh has the large uranium deposit, then some factors will have to be considered.

    It is a barren area and so it will not cause any problem to the population.

    The ecological imbalance however would have to be considered and evaluated.

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