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Tonnes Of Precious Minerals Found In Indian Seabeds

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Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered the millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals in the deep waters of the Indian peninsula.

The huge minerals hub was first identified in early 2014 off the coast of Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep. Geologist in the GSI discovered lime mud, phosphate and calcareous sediments, hydrocarbons, metalliferous deposits and micro nodules. The scientists had estimated that a more extensive exploration would reveal a mass reserve of these precious minerals.

GSI Superintendent Geologist, Ashish Nath said, “The main objectives were to identify potential zones of favourable mineralisation and evaluate marine mineral resources.”

The GSI has been exploring the sea ever since the discovery of the minerals. Now, they have generated an 181,025 square kilometres of high-resolution seabed morphological data and have established the occurrence of more than 10,000 million tonnes of lime mud within the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

The seabed has gas hydrate in the channel-levee system of Mannar Basin off the Tamil Nadu coast, cobalt-bearing Ferro-manganese crust in the Andaman Sea, phosphate sediment off Karwar, Chennai and Mangaluru coasts, and micro-manganese nodules around Lakshadweep Sea.

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