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The metallic minerals sector produces a wide range of ores yielding metals or metallic substances. The EU is an important producer of chromium, copper, lead, silver, and zinc. However, most metallic ores that supply the European metallic industry are imported. Only a few EU countries have active mines. They include Austria, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Sweden. In those countries, metal mining contributes more than 1% to the global production of a particular metallic mineral.

 

Copper

The State’s copper deposits are located in the districts of Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Sirohi, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand and Dungarpur. The largest resources of copper ore to a tune of 777.17 million tones (49.86%) are located in the Rajasthan State and the State produces about 32% of the total country’s production.

 

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Lead, Zinc and Silver

Rajasthan is endowed with the largest Lead-Zinc ore deposit amounting to 607.53 million tonnes. Among the lead-zinc-silver deposits, Rampura-Agucha Deposit is the largest and the best, followed by those at Zawar and RajpuraDariba-Sindesar Kalan and Khurd. The important lead-zinc-silver deposits in the State are located at Zawar (Udaipur) Rajpura-Dariba-Bethumi (Rajsamand), Rampura-Agucha and Pur-Banera (Bhilwara), Dehri (Sirohi) and Kayer – Ghugra, Sawar (Ajmer). The Country enjoys self-sufficiency in respect of Zinc. Production of Zinc is more than its consumption. However, there is shortage of Lead in Country.

 

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Manganese

In Rajasthan Manganese deposits mainly occur in the districts of Banswara where it is confined to a belt extending from Guraria to Rathimuri for distance of 22 Km. The main deposits are located at Sivania, Kala-Khunta, Ghatia, Lilwani, Itala, Tambesra, and Kheria. Small deposits of Manganese are also located near Negadia (Rajsamand), and Choti-Sar, Badi-Sar (Udaipur). A total of 5.81MillionTonne resources of Manganese have been estimated in the State.

 

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Iron-Ore

The Iron-Ore deposits are located in the districts of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Bhilwara, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dausa and Banswara. About 557.39 million tones resources of Iron–Ore (both Hematite and Magnetite) are estimated in the State. The important localities of Iron-Ore are Morija-Neemal (Jaipur), Lalsot (Dausa), Rampura, Dabla (Sikar), Taonda (Jhunjhunu), Pur-Banera, Bigod (Bhilwara), Nathara ki Pal, Thur (Udaipur), Indergarh, Mohanpura (Bundi), Dedrauli, Liloti, Todupura, and Khora (Karauli).

 

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Gold

A total of 105.81 million tonnes Gold resources were estimated in hukhiaJagpura-Delwara belt (Banswara) with 0.50gm/t cut-off grade. Gold was also proved along with Copper in Dhani-Baseri area of Dausa district, KheraMundiawas area of Alwar district and Dokan area of Sikar district. Beside, gold is also extracted as a byproduct in Khetri Copper-Belt (district Jhunjhunu).

 

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Tungsten

Tungsten is a metal of strategic importance. The chief source of Tungsten are Wolframite [(Fe,Mn,)WO4], and Scheelite (CaWO4). The State has about 23.92 million tones resources of tungsten ore which is about 17% of total country’s resources. Important deposits occur near Degana, district Nagaur, and near Balda and Udwaria, district Sirohi. Degana and Balda were the only operative mines producing meager quantities of concentrate. However, owing to economic non viability they have been closed down.

 

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