Modern Tech to Detect Lands Rich in Mineral Resources

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 14 2022
News Modern Tech to Detect Lands Rich in Mineral Resources

By Thameenah Razeek

The Geological Survey and Mines (GSMB) Bureau has launched a programme to use modern technology to detect lands rich in mineral resources. The Bureau is in the process of detecting these areas using the Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receiver Device, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Although it is well known that the country is endowed with mineral resources, it has been too costly to explore these areas. Even finding the size and depth of these areas is beyond the reach of the country, Amaraweera said.

However, using transmitted waves, the VLF receiver can detect minerals in the Earth’s crust up to a distance of 100 kilometres. The equipment is valued at Rs 3.5 million and was purchased in France. The GMSB is currently checking on the equipment, Amaraweera said.

Meanwhile, when GSMB officials were asked about the issuance of licences to explore mineral rich areas where some people had obtained permits but have not done so for more than ten years and directed that a report on such offenders be submitted to him. He said licences of individuals and institutions which do not carry out exploration within five years of obtaining licences, be revoked and the possibility of transferring them to be looked into.

He also said the country was unable to make appropriate use of its land resources since those who obtained licences did not carry out any exploration. Amaraweera also said the exploration of the Seruwila gold deposit has been delayed in this manner.

“Using such powerful techniques to detect mineral deposits in sections of our country that have not been detected earlier, as having significant mineral resources could accelerate development,” he said. 

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 14 2022

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