Volcanogenic bedded Barytes, Mangampeta, Cuddapah district- Andhra Pradesh

One of the largest baryte deposits of the world, is considered to have formed through precipitation from volcanic vapours under submarine conditions and sub aerial showering of ash and molten baryte lapilli.

Baryte speciment, Mangampeta

These deposit occurs in the Pullampet Formation of the Nallamalai Group of the Cuddapah Supergroup. The lower beds of Mangampeta Barytes are of the highest grade and often occur as pure barium sulphate.

It has a reserve of over 74 million tonnes that constitutes about 98% and 28% of the total known reserve of India and the world respectively.
How to reach this place-

The Kurnool – Ranigunta state highway passes through the Mangampeta mines area. The nearest Railway station is about 10 km away at Koduru on the Kurnool – Tirupati line of the South-Central Railway.