Interesting Facts about the Mineral Rich State - Scenario of Minerals in Andhra Pradesh

Many important minerals are produced in Andhra Pradesh. The principal minerals produced in the state were Natural Gas (ut.), Manganese Ore, Garnet (abrasive), Limestone, Sillimanite, Vermiculite etc. The value of Minor Minerals* production was estimated at Rs. 16831 crores for the year 2018-19. The number of reporting mines in the state was 130 in 2018-19 in the case of MCDR minerals. During the year 2018-19, there is an increase in production of Manganese Ore by 70%, Limestone by 24% and Natural gas by 9% as compared to the previous year. There is a decrement in production of Garnet (abrasive), Sillimanite, and Vermiculite and iron ore.

Apr 27, 2022 - 12:02
Apr 27, 2022 - 12:03
Interesting Facts about the Mineral Rich State - Scenario of Minerals in Andhra Pradesh
Interesting Facts about the Mineral Rich State - senario of minerals Andhra pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is the sole producer of apatite. The State is the leading producer of barytes, ball clay, dolomite, garnet (abrasive), laterite, limestone, quartz, quartzite, silica sand and vermiculite.

It accounts for 92% barytes, 40% calcite, 41% mica, 31% each kyanite & garnet, 19% titanium minerals, 16% bauxite, 15% dolomite, 13% sillimanite and 12% each vermiculite & limestone resources of the country.

Andhra Pradesh is endowed with the internationally known black, pink, blue and multicoloured varieties of granites. Krishna-Godavari basin areas in this State have emerged as new promising areas for hydrocarbons, especially natural gas.

Important minerals occurring in Andhra Pradesh are:

apatite in Visakhapatnam district;

asbestos in Cuddapah district; ball clay in West Godavari district;

barytes in Anantapur, Cuddapah, Krishna, Kurnool, Nellore & Prakasam districts;

calcite in Anantapur, Cuddapah, Kurnool & Visakhapatnam districts; china clay in Anantapur, Chittoor, Cuddapah, East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Kurnool, Nellore & Visakhapatnam districts; coal in Godavari Valley Coalfield;

corundum in Anantapur districts; dolomite in Anantapur & Kurnool districts;

felspar in Anantapur, Cuddapah, West Godavari, Nellore & Vizianagaram districts;

fireclay in Chittoor, Cuddapah, East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool & Srikakulam districts; garnet in East Godavari, Nellore & Srikakulam districts;

granite in Anantapur, Chittoor, Cuddapah, Guntur, Krishna, Nellore, Prakasam, Srikakulam & Vizianagaram districts;

iron ore (haematite) in Anantapur, Cuddapah, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool & Nellore districts;

iron ore (magnetite) in the Prakasam district;

lead-zinc in Cuddapah, Guntur & Prakasam districts; limestone in Anantapur, Cuddapah, East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, Nellore, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam & Vizianagaram districts;

manganese ore in Srikakulam & Vizianagaram districts; mica in Nellore & Visakhapatnam districts;

ochre in Anantapur & Cuddapah, West Godavari, Guntur, Kurnool & Visakhapatnam districts;

pyrophyllite in Anantapur, Chittoor & Cuddapah districts; quartz/silica sand in Anantapur, Chittoor, Cuddapah, West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, Nellore, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam & Vizianagaram districts;

quartzite in Kurnool, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam & Vizianagaram districts;

talc/soapstone/steatite in Anantapur, Chittoor, Cuddapah & Kurnool districts & vermiculite in Nellore & Visakhapatnam districts.

Petroleum & natural gas deposits of importance are located in the onshore and offshore areas of the Krishna-Godavari basin of the State.

Other minerals that occur in the State are

bauxite in East Godavari & Visakhapatnam districts;

chromite in Krishna district;

copper in Guntur, Kurnool & Prakasam districts; diamond in Anantapur, Krishna & Kurnool districts;

gold in Anantapur, Chittoor & Kurnool districts;

graphite in East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam & Vizianagaram districts;

gypsum in Guntur, Nellore & Prakasam districts;

kyanite in Nellore & Prakasam districts;

magnesite in Cuddapah district;

 pyrite in Kurnool district; sillimanite in West Godavari & Srikakulam district; silver in Guntur district;

titanium minerals in East Godavari, Krishna, Nellore, Srikakulam & Visakhapatnam districts; and

tungsten in East Godavari district.

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