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Geology dept. inaugurates ‘Geo Park’

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Apr 16, 2021 11:44 pm
S Manen along other officials and invitees after the inauguration of ‘Geo Park’ on Friday. (EM Images)

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Dimapur, April 16 (EMN): Director of Geology and Mining, S Manen, on Friday inaugurated ‘Geo Park’ within the confine of Geology and Mining department, Dimapur.

Speaking on the occasion, Manen said that the concept of Geo Park was conceptualised for the future generation especially for the academicians as it would make it easier for the students to study different types of rocks and also uplift the state in geological areas. He added that with a very micro budget they decided to start the noble project with an intention to help and educate the public.

The director added that about 10 percent of metamorphic rock could be found in Nagaland and the remaining is of sedimentary rocks. He stated that metamorphic rocks could be found in Phek and Kiphire districts. He further mentioned that the department would keep on adding different types of rocks, which would be collected from all parts of Nagaland in the Geo Park in the coming years.

Geologist, David Lhoupenyi, while delivering the keynote address, said that the main aim of Geo Park was to assemble different types of rocks and minerals found in Nagaland. He informed that a seven member committee was formed for the project adding that with a tight budget they were able to complete the project.

He also informed that the Geo Park is made up of 11 different types of rocks including lime stone, sand stone, conglomerate, silicate, basalt-pillow lava, spilite, gabbro, serpentinite, pyroxenite, chert and petrified wood stone. The geologist informed that the rocks were brought from Wazeho, Molen, Mokie, Zhipu, Phokhungri and Shatüza under Kiphire and Phek districts.

He added that many more rocks would be added at the Geo Park. Even though the project might be small, he expressed confidence that the park would inspire them to do bigger things in future.

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Apr 16, 2021 11:44:26 pm