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Jharkhand carved out of Bihar in November, 2000 is one of the leading mineral producing states.  It is one of the leading producers of coal, kyanite, gold, silver, bauxite and felspur.  Uranium ore is being and processed by Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.  (UCIL) for use as fuel in the country’s nuclear power  reactors through four underground mines, an opencast mine, two processing plants and a by-product recovery plant, all in East Singhbhum district.  Jharkhand accounts for about 35% rock phosphate, 29% coal, 28% iron ore (hematite), 27% apatite, 22% and alusite, 16% copper ore and 10% silver ore resources of the country.

Important minerals occurring in the State are bauxite in Dumka, Gumla, Lohardaga and Palamau districts;  china clay in Dumka, Hazaribagh, Lohardaga, East and West Singhbhum, Sahebganj and Ranchi districts; coal in Bokaro, Deoghar, Dhanbad, Giridih,Godda, Hasaribagh, Palamau, Pakur and Ranchi districts; copper in Hazaribagh and west Singhbhum districts; dolomite in Garhwa and Palamau districts; felspur in Deoghar, Dhanbad, Dumka, Giridih, Hasarigagh, Koderma and Palamau districts; fireclay in Dhanbad, Dumka, Giridih, Godda, Hazaribagh, Palamau, Ranchi and West Singhbhum districts; gold in East Singhbhum district; Graphite in Palamau district;  iron ore (hematite) in West Singhbhum district; iron ore (magnetite) in Gumla, Hazaribagh, Palamau and West Singhbhum districts; kyanite in east and west Singhbhum districts; limestone in Bokaro, Dhanbad,Garhwa, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Palamau, Ranchi, East and west Singhbhum districts; limestone in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Garhwa, Giridih, Hazarihagh, Palamau, Ranchi, east and west Singhbhum districts;  manganese ore in east and west singhbhum districts; mica in Giridih and Koderma districts; ochre in West Singhbhum district; dunite/ pyroxenite in East Singhbhum district; quartz/silica sand in Deoghar, dhanbad, Dumka, Giridih, Godda Hazaribagh, Koderma, Palamau Ranchi, Sahebganj, East and West Singhbhum districts.

 

Other minerals that occur in the State are andalusite and rock phosphate in  Palamau district; apatite, chromite, cobalt, nickel, gold and silver in East Singhbhum district; asbestos in East and West Singhbhum districts; barites in Palamau and East Singhbhum districts; bentonite  in Pakur and Sahebganj districts;  garnet in Hazaribagh district; granite in  Deogarh, Dhanbad, Dumka, Giridih, Godda, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Lohardaga, Palamau, Ranchi and East Singhbhum districts; sillimanite in Hazaribagh district; talc/steatite in Giridih, Palamau, East and West Singhbhum districts;  titanium minerals in Ranchi and East Singhbhum districts; and vermiculite in Giridih and Hazaribagh districts.

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