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Satellite map on distribution of Jharkhand mines

The task of identifying mineral deposits of their choice is about to get easier for prospective investors in Jharkhand, India, as the authorities are working on a satellite-determined map of mines that will be put up on a website.

With the help of mines and the geology department, the Jharkhand Space Application Centre (JPAC) is creating the Mineral Information System (MIS), under which land will be scanned to ascertain the distribution of minerals.

“For the first time we are working on a detailed map, which will focus on the distribution of minerals,” said an official of JPAC.

“Under MIS, land will be analysed and a detailed map will be prepared. The map will analyse the deposits of minerals. The data and map will be put online through the state government website www.jharkhand.gov.in.”

For the first phase the Namkom block of Ranchi has been selected. Under MIS, the mines and geology department is also planning a geomagnetic survey in the state. A geomagnetic survey is conducted through the aerial survey of an area for one or two weeks involving close pictures which help in ascertaining mineral deposits.

The JSAC is also working on the village information system (VIS) with the help of the department. Satellite images taken under VIS will help in collecting data and information related with land records as well as the socio-economic structure of villages.