- The new found rock might make Andhra Pradesh rich, say geological experts
- It is believed that Kohinoor diamond might have been gotten by such rocks
- These rocks are known to have copper, lead and zinc sulphide, and AP can encash on these rocks
This is good news for Amaravati, which is trying to stand on par with Hyderabad. The new found the rock which is estimated to be at least 3,000 million years old might make Andhra Pradesh rich.
The Amaravati Region development area is attracting geologists not only from across the country but also from abroad. The Geological Survey of India and geological experts have found three prominent geological formations in the new Capital city of Andhra Pradesh.
It is believed that Kohinoor diamond might have been gotten by such rocks. Thus with varieties of rocks ageing back to 3,000 million years, Andhra Pradesh might just be sitting on another Kohinoor or a treasure trove of diamonds.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Professor M Jagannadha Rao of Andhra University has said that “Amaravati has a unique geological identity, where a culmination of three different formations has made this place unique. The area is not unique for its geological history, but also for the richness of economic minerals.”
As the components of Zinc, lead and copper are valuable and are of economic importance, the rocks found in Amaravati might be hope for the capital to grow bigger than Hyderabad.
The Kondapalli region in the Eastern Ghats in AP has granulite facies rocks of high quality. These rocks are known as charnockites, in which chromite occurs. Chromite is also used as a refractory material because it has high heat stability. The chromium extracted from chromite is used in chrome plating and alloying for the production of corrosion resistant superalloys, Ferro Chrome Alloys, nichrome, and stainless steel.
Amaravati has the oldest Precambrian rocks. Some are almost 3,000 million years old, and it also has younger rocks (Proterozoic) which are 600 years old. These rocks are known to have copper, lead and zinc sulphide which can provide an opportunity for the state encash on these rocks.
In addition, there are even Gondawana rocks which are 200 million years old. However, the best part is that the rocks found in the Krishna basin in the Kurnool system are said to have the diamond treasure trove.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:57 PM IST