Cobalt is a hard, lustrous, silver-grey metal, a chemical element with symbol Co. It is found in various ores, and is used in the preparation of magnetic, wear-resistant, and high-strength alloys. Its compounds are used in the production of inks, paints, and varnishes.
Cobalt is not found as a native metal but generally found in the form of ores. Cobalt is usually not mined alone, and tends to be produced as a by-product of nickel and copper mining activities. The main ores of cobalt are cobaltite, erythrite, glaucodot, and skutterudite.
|COBLAT RESOURCES OF INDIA|
|All India total resources as on 1-4-2005 (Provisional) are of the order of 44.91 million tonnes, all under Remaining Resource Category. Out of the total resources 14.01 million tonnes (31%) are in freehold and 30.9 million tonnes are in leasehold. These resources are distributed in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, Jajpur and Cuttack districts of Orissa, Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Tuensang district of Nagaland and Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. There is no commercial indigenous production of Cobalt. The demand is met through imports.|