Precious find

Published: Monday 31 July 1995

Uranium deposits have been found in "fractured controlled mineralisation" in granite rocks near Tshundapalli and Mullapalli in the Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh. While such deposits have been found earlier in Russia, France, Namibia and the Ukraine, this is the first find in India.

The deposits were discovered by the Atomic Minerals Division (amd), an unit of the Department of Atomic Energy. According to K K Dwivedy, the director of the amd, the crust of the earth primarily consisted of granite rocks. The rocks developed fractures due to tectonic movements which led to the uranium in the rocks being piggybacked by water and other solutions, and their deposition in crushed and powdered granite rocks. The amd is planning to conduct systematic drilling programmes upto a depth of 300-400 metres to unearth more uranium deposits.

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