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India's First Geo Park

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    8th Feb, 2022

Context

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has approved the setting up of the country's first geo park at Lamheta village on the banks of the Narmada river in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

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Key-Points

  • This First geopark approval was given by the Geological Survey of India, under the ministry of mining.
  • This Park will be constructed with an investment of Rs 35 crores, over five-acre land.
  • The geological park will be built in Lamheta, because this place is among significant places in the world, from a geological point of view.
    • In 1928, William Henry Sleeman had discovered Dinosaur fossils from this area. 
    • UNESCO has also recognised Lamheta as a geo heritage site.

What is geopark?

  • Geopark is a unified area, which advances the protection and use of geological heritage in a sustainable manner. 
  • It also promotes the economic well-being of the people living there.

Geological Survey of India (GSI)

  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI) is a scientific agency of India.
  • The GSI is a government organisation in India, attached to the Ministry of Mines for conducting geological surveys and studies.
  • It is one of the premier organisations of earth science survey and research in the world.
  • The GSI was established in 1851 and is one of the oldest of such organisations in the world and the second oldest survey institution in the country.
  • It is the prime provider of basic earth science information to the government, industry and the general public, as well as the official participant in steel, coal, metals, cement, power industries and international geoscientific forums.
  • Its main function is related to creation and update of national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment.
  • It is headquartered in Kolkata and has six regional offices located at Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong and Kolkata. Every state has a state unit.
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