India: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) will soon start exploring and mapping the mineral wealth of the country using the custom-made advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, dedicated for heli-borne surveys. Union Mines Minister Dinsha Patel, who dedicated the chopper 'Garuda Vasudha' to the nation, explained that the copter should be used optimally to derive maximum benefits. The chopper, built by the state-run defense behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is equipped with the latest magnetic, spectrometric and gravity heli-borne geo-physical survey systems.
The heli-borne survey system will help geophysicists in data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Geologists will be able to carry out integration of geological and remote-sensing data to understand the sub-surface geology. The regional tectonic set-up will also help in geological mapping and identification of target blocks for mineral prospecting.
Source: Zee news