Hyderabad Open Rock Museum

On January 6, 2021, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, inaugurated first “Open Rock Museum” in Hyderabad.

Open Rock Museum

  • The museum displays about 35 different varieties of rocks from different parts of India.
  • Age of these rocks are ranging from 3.3 billion years to around 55 million years.
  • These rocks also represent deepest part of the Earth, that is up to 175 km of distance from Earth’s surface.
  • The Museum was inaugurated at the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI).

Significance of the Museum

  • Big Earth data have a strategic high ground in the era of knowledge economies. India has been fully exploiting this new frontier, by contributing to advancement of earth science.
  • Geosciences contribute significantly towards national priority and self-reliance in New India.

India’s first Open Rock Museum- Important facts to know

  1. The Open Rock Museum has been set up in Hyderabad with the objective of educating and enlightening the public on lesser-known facts.
  2. The Museum displays 35 different types of rocks from various parts of India. Rocks have been sourced from states like Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, etc.
  3. The ages of the rocks in the museum range from 3.3 billion years to around 55 million years.
  4. Rocks also represent the deepest part of the Earth up to 175 kilometers of distance from the surface of the Earth.

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI)

NGRI is a constituent research laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was established in 1961 with the objective of carrying research in multidisciplinary areas of highly complex structure and processes of Earth system. It has the mandate to conduct research for public-good science in a bid to enable government agencies, public & private sector stakeholders for making informed decisions on use of geo-resources sustainably.

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

CSIR was established in September 1942 as an autonomous body. It has now emerged as the largest research and development organisation of India.



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