IAS: Indian Geography Zinc

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  • Chief ore: Sphalerite (ZnS)

  • Largely used for galvanizing or coating iron and steel

  • Zawar in Udaipur(Rajasthan) is the main area . This area has two main zones of mineralization: Pipli Khan to Barla Khan; Mochia Magra, Balaria.

  • Bhilwara, Ajmer, Alwar and Sawai Madhopur areas of Rajasthan, Bhotang of Sikkim, Riasi of J&K and Almora and Tehri Garhwal of Uttaranchal also produces Zinc.

  • Rajasthan and Sikkim are the largest producers.

  • India imports zinc concentrates from Australia, Peru Mexico, Canada, Russia and Zaire.

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