Lithium inferred resources in Jammu & Kashmir

  • Geological Survey of India (GSI) has for the first time established Lithium inferred resources of about 6 million tones in the Salal-Hamana area of the Reasi District of Jammu & Kashmir (UT).
  • 51 Mineral Blocks including Lithium and Gold were handed over to State Governments.
  • The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has discovered 1600kg Lithium in Mandla district of Karnataka.
  • Lithium reserves in large quantity has been found for the first time in the country in Jammu and Kashmir.

About Lithium

  • Lithium (Li), sometimes also referred as “White gold‘ due to its high demand for rechargeable batteries, is a soft and silvery-white metal.
Major Global Lithium Reserves:

  • Bolivia Argentina > Chile > Australia & China are top countries with Li reserves

Lithium Triangle

  • The Lithium Triangle is a region of the Andes rich in lithium reserves around the borders of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
  • The lithium in the triangle is concentrated in various salt pans that exist along the Atacama Desert and neighboring arid areas.
  • The area is thought to hold around 54% of the world’s lithium reserves.