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Tibet's mineral deposits estimated at 600 bln yuan

September 13, 2009

September 12, 2009

Tibet has verified mineral deposits with a total value estimated at over 600
billion yuan (72.6 billion U.S. dollars), according to the Tibet Autonomous
Regional Department of Land and Resources.

Tibet ranks among the top five in China in verified reserves of 12 types of
minerals, and ranks first in the country in terms of the reserves of chrome
and copper. So far, 102 types of minerals have been found in the region.

Today, nine key zones have been marked off for mining industrial
development, including the Yulong copper production base in eastern Tibet
and Nyixong iron production base in southern central Tibet, said Dorje, a
leading official of the department.

He also indicated that mining zones in Lhasa's Maizhokunggar County and
around northern Tibet's salt lakes are expected to become national bases for
developing mineral resources.

Source: Xinhuanet
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