Tonnes of Precious Metals & Minerals in Indian Waters

Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals deep under the waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of peninsular India.

Indian research vessels Samudra Ratnakar, Samudra Kaustabh and Samudra Saudikama carried out the exploration, named ‘HHigh-ResolutionSeabed Mapping and Natural Resource Evaluation’.

“The main objectives were to identify potential zones of favourable mineralisation and evaluate marine mineral resources,” Ashish Nath, uperintendent geologist at GSI, told The Times of India.

The GSI first identified the presence of large amount of marine resources off the coasts of Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep in early 2014.

After three years of exploration, the GSI has also confirmed the presence of phosphate sediment off Karwar, Mangaluru and Chennai coasts, gas hydrate in the Mannar Basin off the Tamil Nadu coast, Ferro-manganese crust from the Andaman Sea and micro-manganese around Lakshadweep Sea.

About Geological Survey of India (GSI) The GSI is a government organisation in India, attached to the Ministry of Mines for conducting geological surveys and studies. It is one of the premier organisations of earth science survey and research in the world. The GSI was established in 1851 and is one of the oldest of such organisations in the world and the second oldest survey institution in the country.

The GSI is a government organisation in India, attached to the Ministry of Mines for conducting geological surveys and studies. It is one of the premier organisations of earth science survey and research in the world. The GSI was established in 1851 and is one of the oldest of such organisations in the world and the second oldest survey institution in the country.

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