has a large number of economically useful minerals and they constitute one-quarter
of the world's known mineral resources. About two-thirds of its iron deposits
lies in a belt along Odisha and Bihar border.
Other haemaite deposits are found
in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharastra and Goa. Magnetite iron-ore is found
in Tamilnadu, Bihar and Himachal.
has the world's largest deposits of coal. Bituminous coal is found in Jharia
and Bokaro in Bihar and Ranigunj in West Bengal. Lignite coals are found in Neyveli
to Russia, India has the largest supply of Manganese. The manganese mining
areas are Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Bihar-Odisha area. Chromite deposits
are found in Bihar, Cuttack district in Odisha, Krishna district in Andhra and
Mysore and Hassan in Karnataka. Bauxite deposits are found in western Bihar,
southwest Kashmir, Central Tamilnadu, and parts of Kerala, U.P, Maharastra and
also produces third quarters of the world's mica. Belts of high quality
mica are, Bihar, Andhra and Rajasthan. Gypsum reserves are in Tamilnadu
and Rajasthan. Nickel ore is found in Cuttack in Bihar and Mayurbanj in
Odisha. Ileminite reserves are in Kerala and along the east and the west
reserves are in Sonapahar of Meghalaya and in Pipra in M.P. Copper ore
bearing areas are Agnigundala in Andhra, Singhbum in Bihar, Khetri and Dartiba
in Rajasthan and parts of Sikkhim and Karnataka.
The Ramagiri field in Andhra,
Kolar and Hutti in Karnataka are the important gold mines.
Panna diamond belt is the only diamond producing area in the country, which
covers the districts of Panna, Chatarpur and Satna in Madya Pradesh, as well as
some parts of Banda in Uttar Pradesh.
deposits are found in Assam and Gujarat. Fresh reserves were located off Bombay.
The potential oil bearing areas are, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, west Bengal, Punjab,
Himachal, Kutch and the Andamans.
also possesses the all-too valuable nuclear uranium as well as some varieties
of rare earths.
in India can be classified into three groups. The first group comprises of the
alluvial, black and red soils, which are basically fertile and are arable
second group consists of the peaty and marshy, the saline and alkaline
soils which are potentially arable.
third group is the laterite and forest and hill soils, which are
not at all suitable for cultivation.
main alluvial area is found in the Indo-Gangetic plain and the Peninsular regions.
The main crops are rice, sugarcane and wheat. Black soil is found in the northwestern
regions and in the Deccan lava areas and Tamilnadu.
soil is especially suited for cotton. Red soil is particularly rich in potash
and is found in northern and central India. The peaty and marshy soils are found
in the Bengal deltas, Saline and alkaline soils in the semi-arid regions of Bihar,
U.P, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. Desert soils are found in the minimum rain
receiving areas of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. Laterite soil is common in the
low hills of Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Assam.
are two crop seasons: Kharif, Rabi. The major Kharif crops are rice, jowar, maize,
cotton, sugarcane, sesame and groundnut. The Rabi crops are wheat, jowar, barley,
gram, rapeseed and mustard and the summer crops are rice, maize, groundnut and
some cash crops.