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Saudi Arabia launches first geological survey aircraft

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Geological Survey, Mr. Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Eng. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, inaugurated in Al-Dawadmi Governorate, Riyadh, the first geophysical survey aircraft.

The CEO of the Geological Survey Authority, Eng. Abdullah bin Muftar Al-Shamrani confirmed that today, the first geophysical survey aircraft was launched in Al-Dawadmi Governorate in the Riyadh region, to obtain various high-resolution geological data for the Arabian Shield, which covers an area of ​​up to 600,000 km2 of the area of ​​the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and also aims to reveal the mineral deposits that are abundant in Saudi Arabia.

He added that these data will contribute, support mineral exploration, which will stimulate the economy and diversify revenues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by attracting investment in the mining sector to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The Kingdom is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mineral resources, which Its value, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, is estimated at five trillion riyals, and mineral wealth will be a third economic wealth after petroleum and petrochemicals.

He said that the work of the aerial geophysical survey includes its work on the magnetic and radiological geophysical survey of the entire Arabian Shield in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He indicated that the authority also aims through these works to obtain: (data of geomagnetic and radioactive spectrum with high accuracy, digital maps of geomagnetic and radioactive in addition to geological interpretations of magnetic and radiological maps that reflect the most important geological structures.

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