Atomic Energy & Minerals exploration – India starting Survey of Sand Areas Rich in Thorium

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World Thorium Deposits
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Survey of Sand Areas Rich in Thorium

Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD), a constituent unit of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), has surveyed and identified resources of the mineral monazite (an ore mineral of thorium rare earth elements and phosphate) in beach and inland sand areas of the country.  The State-wise distribution of availability of monazite sand resources with magnitude of Thorium richness is as follows:

 

S.No. State Monazite resources (in million tonnes)
1 ODISHA 2.41
2 ANDHRA PRADESH 3.72
3 TAMIL NADU 2.46
4 KERALA 1.90
5 MAHARASHTRA   0.002
6 GUJARAT   0.003
7 WEST BENGAL 1.22
8 BIHAR 0.22
  TOTAL 11.93

 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.