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JELI, April 21 -- Participants of the 2021 International Geomapping Jeli (IGJ) programme have recently discovered high-value amethyst crystals in several mining areas here.
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) Geoscience Department (Earth Science Faculty) chief Dr Wani Sofia Udin said the participants also found quartz and dragfolds, which are rare geological formations.
She said the research was conducted in areas around Jeli including Bukit Jeli, Bukit Salor, Kampung Lawar, Kampung Sungai Rual, Lata Chenai, Sungai Pergau, Sungai Renyok and Sungai Tadah.
"Pyrite and volcanic rock were also found, and with the discovery, students can research the morphology and update the geological map of Jeli.
“The research will provide vital information to university students, especially exposure to geological mapping and how to apply it in fieldwork,” she said in a statement today.
Wani Sofia said the IGJ programme involved 48 UMK students, and 36 geology students from Indonesia also joined in virtually.
The students from Indonesia were from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Jambi, Universitas Tadulako, Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Hasanuddin and Universitas Gadjah Mada, she said, adding that they conducted research virtually through video calls with UMK students, who explained the results of their findings from the geomapping process.
"The was active comprehension and exchange of learning experience among the participants including the international students who followed the field research virtually,” she said, adding that the expedition also led to the discovery of several rare minerals and fossils.