CSIR scientists Find Rare Earth Deposits in Anantapur


Scientists from the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research facility in Hyderabad, have discovered profitable rare-earth elements (REEs) in the Andhra Pradesh district of Anantapur.

Points to Ponder:

  • Scientists from Hyderabad’s National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) identified elevated levels of rare-earth elements (REEs) in the Anantapur area of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, yttrium, hafnium, tantalum, niobium, zirconium, and scandium are all REEs that are important components in a variety of industrial applications such as imaging, aerospace, and defense.
  • According to NGRI lead scientist P.V. Sunder Raju, the most important application of REEs is in the production of permanent magnets, which are critical components of gadgets such as smartphones, computers, and jet planes.
  • Deep drilling for at least one kilometer is required to prove the presence of the elements.
  • Because rare earth elements are in high demand internationally, the finding of REEs in the Anantapur district might have substantial economic benefits for the region and the country.