Overview for Geology and Evolution of Nagaur-Ganganagar Basin with Special Reference to Salt and Potash Mineralisation
The Western Region of Geological Survey of India is presenting through this publication surface and subsurface geological set-up of the area to the west of aravalli range. Ana area covering more than 50,000 km2 was investigated through drilling involving 58,945 m of drilling in 69 boreholes for exploration of potash, a fertilizer mineral, besides developing the geological set-up. This project started in the year 1974 and continued till 1991.
During the course of investigations the rock salt resources of 6 trillion tonnes and potash 2,476.58 million tonnes have been identified. The stratigraphic set-up has also revealed the presence of 'oil-shale' associated with the Bilara Group and the Hanseran Evaporite Group. The area presents significant clues for reconstruction times. It also, revealed the presence of thick evaporite sequence in the Western part of Rajasthan, which has continuity in subsurface up to Salt Range in Pakistan. The geochronological sequence. The geochemical study undertaken largely of the Hanseran evaporite Group has given detailed account of the sedimentation pattern of different evaporite facies in the Nagaur-Ganganagar basin.
Through this publication, the authors have brought focus towards resources of western parts of Rajasthan, which is generally considered to be monotonous, having sand dunes and small saline lakes only.
Virendra Kumar (Compiler)
Dr. Virendra Kumar is Professor of Soil and Water Engineering at College of Technology & Agricultural Engineering (CTAE), Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, (MPUAT), Udaipur. He has about 30 years of experience in research and teaching. He did his B.Tech. in Agricultural Engg. From Pantnagar in 1973; M.Tech. (Soil & Water Conservation Engg.) in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1990 from IIT, Kharagpur. He has several publications in national and international journals. He has been Head of the department from 1998-2003 and also worked as I/C Dean of the college, 2003. He had an unique opportunity to work in AICRP on Dryland Agriculture as well as in AICRP on Water Management. He also served as chief scientist in AICRP on Water Management. He has been Director (Technical) of Soil & Water Engg., ISAE for two years from 2002-2004. he is also the Chairman of Rajasthan Chapter of ISAE for the last three years. He is Fellow member of Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Water Resources Society besides being Life Member of ISAE and IASWC. He was bestowed upon the best teacher award of the university in 2003-2004.
Ram Chandra (Compiler)
Dr. Ram Chandra did his Graduation in Engineering from M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur in 1959, and M.E. 1970 in Structural Engineering in Honours Division. He got his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Roorkee, (Indian Institute of Technology) Roorkee in 1984. Joined as Lecturer in Civil Engineering M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur in December 1961. Selected as reader in Structural Engineering in August, 1965 and became Professor and Head of Department in Structural Engineering in 1984 and 1990.
Dr. Chandra has published two papers in International Journal (ASCE, New York) in April, 1990. Three papers in National Journals (Institution of Engineers, India), July 1971 and Indian Engineer June, 1970 and August, 1970. Six papers in Conferences/National Seminars (two-papers at Roorkee, 1979 and 1993) one paper at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 1984 and three papers at J.N.V. University, Jodhpur (2002, 2005).
Dr. Chandra is the author of six reputed books being studied and referred by students, teachers, research scholars and design engineers alike not only through-out India but in foreign countries also. He has taught various subjects of Civil Engineering specially Steel Structres, Concrete Structures, Computer Programming and Engineering Mechanics to the students of graduate and post-graduate studies.