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Land and Resources, Natural Resources

chromite, silica sand, different types of minerals, Baluchistan, rock salt

More than 20 different types of minerals have been identified in Pakistan, but few are of sufficient quality or quantity to be commercially exploited. Most mineral deposits are found in the mountainous regions. Pakistanís exploited natural resources include coal, natural gas, petroleum, gypsum, limestone, chromite, iron ore, rock salt, and silica sand. Pakistan has extensive natural gas reserves, notably in the vicinity of Sui, Baluchistan, from where it is piped to most of the large cities of Pakistan. Petroleum is limited, but exploration for additional reserves holds promise. Most of the countryís coal is of poor quality. The Salt Range in Punjab Province has large deposits of pure salt. Only about 3.3 percent of Pakistanís total land area is forested, and timber is in short supply.



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chromite, silica sand, different types of minerals, Baluchistan, rock salt, mountainous regions, gypsum, iron ore, mineral deposits, limestone, short supply, petroleum, poor quality, timber, exploration, natural resources, promise, quantity

 
 

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