NTE Praxis: Indian Geography Iron

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Iron Ore

  • India produces four types of iron ores Haematite, Magnetite, Limonite and Siderite.

  • Total iron ore reserves2,158.3 crore tonnes.

  • Largest reserves Jharkhand, Orissa, Karnataka, MP/ Chhattisgarh, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu.

  • Statewise production of iron ore: MP/Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.


  1. Jharkhand: Noamundi and Gua mines and other areas in Sighbhum, near Daltonganj in Plamau. Also found in Ranchi, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh and Santhal Pargana Districts.

  2. Karnataka Bellary, Chitradurga, (Bababudan hills) Chikmaglur, Bijapur, Dharwad, Tumkur, Uttar Kannada, Dakshin Kannad and Shimoga.

  3. 0rissa:Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundargarh.

  4. Andhra Pradesh: Anantpur, Khammam, Krishna, Kurnool, Cuddapah.and Nellore.

  5. Maharashtra: Chandrapur and Ratnagiri. Also in Bhandara.

  6. Rajasthan: Bhilwara, Udaipur and Jhunjhunu.

  7. Tamil Nadu: Salem, North Arcot, Nilgiris and Dharmapuri.

  8. Other areas: Gujarat (Junagarh, Bhavnagar and Vadodara); Haryana (Mahendergarh); J&K(Rajauri, Jammu and Udhampur); Damiida series of Jharkhand and W. Bengal; Uttaranchal (Garhwal and Nainital); UP (Mirzapur and Sonbhadra); H.P.(Kangra and Mandi).

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