Lithium Reserves in Karnataka

• Atomic Minerals Directorate issues a clarification on media reports about Lithium Reserves in Karnataka.

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• Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), a constituent unit of Department of Atomic Energy and Geological Survey of India are two agencies which are involved in mineral exploration.

• Lithium is a key element for new technologies and finds its use in ceramics, glass, telecommunication and aerospace industries.

• The thermonuclear application makes Lithium as “Prescribed substance” under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 which permits AMD for exploration of Lithium in various geological domains of the country.

• Recently, news items on Lithium exploration and resource of Allapatna – Marlagalla sector in Srirangapatna Taluk, Mandya district, Karnataka have been published in various media.

• Reports have been circulated in some media, wherein the estimates of lithium metal have been quoted to be as high as 14,100 tonnes in a small patch of surveyed area in Mandya district of Southern Karnataka.

• AMD would like to clarify that exploration efforts have so far established ~1600 tonnes lithium in inferred category (low level of confidence) in Allapatna – Marlagalla sector in Srirangapatna taluk, Mandya district, Karnataka.

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Mains Paper 3: Science and Tech

Prelims level: Lithium

Mains level: Lithium Reserves in India

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