The mineral resources of Tibet

The mineral resources of Tibet

The mineral resources of Tibet are exceptional (the largest uranium reserve of the world).

94 kinds of different minerals were discovered in 1.719 sites, including 39 containing impressive reserves.
12 of these reserves would be the most important of China, including layers of:
  • chromite which is frequently employed in organic chemistry to produce oxidations, and in industry for the tanning of the skins.

  • corundum, is used primarily for manufacture of aluminium.

  • crystal.

  • copper, employed in dyeing, electrometallurgy, agriculture, and medicine like disinfectant.

  • volcanic ash which consists of salt, potassium, calcium and magnesium as well as manganese and iron oxides.

  • magnesite, used in mechanical engineering.

  • sulphur, gross, it is used with manufacture as sulphur dioxide, purified, it uses the composition of the T.N.T…

  • mica which is used in the quarter wave plates, being useful in polarimetry with the study of the luminous vibrations.

  • lithium, is used in the nuclear reactors.

  • iron.

  • graphite, used in the industry of crucibles, pencil leads, neutron speed reducer or neutron reflector - nuclear power stations,…

More than one hundred of sites contain important gold layers.

In 1994, Tibet would have produced 115.000 tons of chromite, 23.200 tons of borax, 27.000 tons of lead and zinc, 5.800 tons of coal, and the reserves of geothermal energy could cover 40 to 50% of the needs for Lhassa.

The oil-bearing fields of Amdo produce more than one million tons of crude oil per annum.


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