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Lithuania sees more of mineral resource deposits


The Lithuanian Geological Survey registers all deposits of underground resources, boreholes and investigations in Lithuania. Figures from recent years show that the country has seen increasing numbers of underground sites.

By January 2014, the Underground Register included entries on 807 deposits. Among them, 789 are deposits of solid mineral resources or their parcels and 18 are hydrocarbon (oil) fields.

Lithuania is home to 561 gravel and sand (including 6 silica-based mono-mineral sand) parcels, along with 121 peat, 9 sapropel, 68 clay, 1 anhydrite, 12 dolomite, 5 limestone, 7 marlstone, 3 freshwater limestone deposits and 2 gaize parcels.

During 2013, 15 new deposits of mineral resources (14 for solid mineral resources and 1 for hydrocarbons) were added to the Underground Register of the Lithuanian Geological Survey, new data on 63 previously entered deposits were included and 3 deposits of mineral resources were excluded.

In the Boreholes section of the Register, 1,100 new boreholes were entered in 2013 (957 are intended for the use of ground water) while 157 liquidated boreholes were removed.

By 31 December 2013, the Boreholes section of the Register included 33,769 boreholes. The Boreholes subsystem of the State Geological Information System contains records on 21,965 boreholes. The register includes a total of 55,734 boreholes.

In the Investigations of Underground section of the Register, 227 underground geological surveying operations were registered in 2013. Based on a year-on-year comparison, year 2013 saw a slight increase in the number of ground water monitoring, mapping, hydrocarbon resource and engineering geological surveys. A growing trend of underground sites has been observed over the last few years.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas