New Minerals Discovered In Karamoja

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In short
The Directorate of Geological Surveys and Mines reveals that new minerals like magnetite have been discovered in Karamoja. The directorate is now building a mines centre in the sub-region.

Uganda is building the first regional mines and geological centre in Karamoja after more minerals were discovered in the sub-region. According to the Director of Geological Surveys and Mines, Godfrey Bahati, the centre will have a mines office and a laboratory.
The mines office will coordinate survey and exploitation of minerals, while the laboratory will be used for testing some of the minerals mined in Karamoja.

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Bahati says more minerals were discovered during surveys in Karamoja last financial year.
One of the newer minerals discovered is magnetite. Magnetite is one of several oxides of iron and has strong magnetic properties. It is used in compasses and other navigation devices.

The directorate lists new mineral potential areas as Abim, Agago, Kotido, Napak and Moroto. Bahati says interest in Karamoja as a region is developing following these discoveries.

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According to Bahati, they will carry out more advanced surveys to see if anything new can be discovered.
The State Minister for Mineral Development, Peter Lokeris says Karamoja is now open for investment in minerals and other productive sectors.


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