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Which country is the leading producer of Bauxite?
1. India
2. China
3. Brazil
4. Australia

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Australia

Bauxite is essentially a metallic material, it is also employed in the industry. It's the only resource that can be utilised to make substantial amounts of aluminium.

  • Bauxite is a product of weathering.
  • Bauxite is a soft limonite iron ore rock with portions of its iron composition replaced by aluminium.
  • Bauxite forms when silica leaches out from laterite soil. 

  • Bauxite is one rock that is found in large quantities in many countries from all around the world. Some countries have more than 100 years worth of reserves of Bauxite.
  • The rock is easily obtained by open cast mining.
  • Australia is the leading producer of the largest amount of bauxite worldwide. In the year 2020, the country produced 110 million metric tons of bauxite.
  • Following Australia was Guinea, which produced 82 million metric tons of Bauxite.

Thus, Australia is the leading producer of Bauxite.

  • India ranks 5th in the production of Bauxite. 
  • As much as 80 per cent of the bauxite is used for producing aluminium. India’s exports of bauxite have been reduced considerably due to increasing demand in the home market.
  • Still, India manages to export small quantities of bauxite. The main buyers of Indian bauxite are Italy (60%), the U.K. (25%), Germany (9%), and Japan (4%).

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