- The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has said that 35 % of India’s Graphite deposits is found in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The GSI presented the data during its annual interactive meeting with the Department of Geology and Mining and Government of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar.
- The only non-metal element that is a good conductor of electricity, graphite is known as a dry lubricant for its greasy feel.Graphite has many industrial uses particularly for products that need very high heat.
- India is currently importing Graphite from other countries.Thus,the GSI has said that survey and drilling activities should be moved towards the India-China international Border.
- Development of road towards the international border will be a boon for exploration of the mineral.China has also been undertaking huge mining activities across the border in Tibet.
- GSI was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. It is headquartered at Kolkata.It is an attached office to the Ministry of Mines.
- The main functions of GSI relate to creation and updation of national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment.
- These objectives are achieved through ground, air-borne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting and investigations, multi-disciplinary geoscientific, geo-technical, geo-environmental and natural hazards studies, and carrying out fundamental research.
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