Lithium Deposit Found in Karnataka

Lithium Deposit Found in Karnataka

  • The presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources has been detected by the Directorate of Atomic Minerals Exploration and Research in pegmatite rocks of Marlagalla-Allapatna area of Mandya district, Karnataka.

Lithium : (Lithium Deposit)

  • It is a soft and silver-like white alkaline and rare metal and under standard conditions, it is the lightest metal and the lightest solid element.
  • It is stored in mineral oil. It is highly reactive and flammable.
  • The single balance electron of lithium makes it a good conductor of electricity.
  • It has the highest specific heat capacity than any solid element.
  • It is flammable and can also be explosive when exposed to air and water.


  • Lithium is most commonly used in lithium ion battery manufacturing, lubricating grease, aircraft components with aluminum, high energy additives for rocket propellants, optical modulators for mobile phones, and thermonuclear reactions.
  • Lithium is an important element for new technologies and is used in the ceramic, glass, telecommunications and space related industries.

Prescribed material:

  • Lithium has been declared as a “Prescribed material” under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 as it comes in thermonuclear applications.
  • Because of this, AMD has been granted permission for the discovery of lithium in geological areas.
  • Under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962, “Prescribed material” means substances notified by the Central Government for the production or use of nuclear energy or substances related to it, such as uranium, plutonium, thorium, beryllium, deuterium or Their compounds can be used in research.

Source – PIB

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