Review of the potential and exploration of tin in Thailand

Author : Suchit Puwakool
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 323 – 331
Volume Number : 11
Year : 1979

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 11, Dec, 1979, pp. 323 – 331

Review of the potential and exploration of tin in Thailand


Tin Exploration Project, Economic Geology Division Department of Mineral Resources, Bangkok, Thailand


Abstract: Thailand has been one of the world‘s leading tin producers for many decades. The major part of tin production is derived from the southern peninsula while a lesser amount is produced from the northern and central parts of the country. In Thailand, as in Malaysia and Indonesia, most of the tin is extracted by placer mining.

Tin exploration has been done primarily by the private sector. In accordance with the National Development Programme for Social and Economics, investigation of tin potential and exploration work has been conducted, since 1962, under the Tin Exploration Project of the Department of Mineral Resources. Prospecting has been carried out mainly on land. Statistics on production of tin ore up to the present have revealed a potential of tin in offshore areas. Offshore prospecting is being planned in the Tin Exploration Project.

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