Dibrugarh University geologist discovers platinum in Karbi Anglong

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Guwahati, October 12: For the first time in the Northeast, a senior geologist from Dibrugarh University (DU) has detected the presence of platinum deposits in the state’s Karbi Anglong.

Dilip Majumdar, Dean, School of Earth, Atmospheric Science, Environment and Energy at the DU found the rare and expensive metal in a remote hill. With the detection, Assam becomes the fourth state in the country after Odisha, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu where the rare metal has been found.

“We were able to confirm using scanning electron microscope and X-ray powder diffraction technique. Details of how much platinum is present at the site will be known with further studies and maybe use of remote sensing technology. But initial observations suggest, the deposit could be big,” said Majumdar, as quoted by The Hindustan Times.

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The professor in applied geology began working in Karbi Anglong this January. He also did not divulge the exact spot where the mineral was found.