See the 6 notable natural resources in Calabar, Nigeria and their economic values. Calabar, Nigeria is widely known for its tourism, but the city is blessed with several natural resources scattered throughout the city.
Natural resources are gift of nature, if properly harnessed it can bring in great wealth to a state. For example, the United Cement Company has been able utilize the limestone present in the city to build a thriving business employing thousands of people in Calabar.
There are a number of notable natural resources in Calabar, but only some can be found in commercial quantities. A large percentage of these natural resources are still under exploited hence depriving the state of the wealth it could have made from these resources.
Limestone can be found in abundant quantity in Mfamosing. The limestone is mined for use in United Cement Company owned by Holcim, Lafrage and Flour Mills of Nigeria.
The limestone at Mfamosing is considered one of the purest in Nigeria with 97% of limestone. It has a layer thickness of 50cm and it is also the largest deposit in Nigeria.
Limestone can also be found in Calabar West and the flank of Calabar.
Economic Values of Limestone
Calabar is blessed with an abundant supply of gravel.
Gravels are fragments of unconsolidated rock which vary in size from granule to large gravels known as boulders.
There are two types of gravel based on the udden-wentworth scale; the granular gravel and the pebble gravel. The granular gravel varies in size from 2 to 4mm while the pebble gravel varies in size from 4 to 64 mm.
Gravel is formed by the weathering of rocks due to the action of agents such as sea waves, animals and man activities.
Economic Values of Gravel
Brine can be found in Ikom-Calabar. It is a very important industrial component.
Brine is made up of two chemical compounds; sodium and Chorine.
It is obtained by solar evaporation. Brine obtained from the basins of evaporating lakes can be manufactured by first boiling it and filtering.
Economic Values of Brine
Clay is found in commercial quantities in Calabar, Nigeria.
Clay has a plastic property, it tend to stretch when wet and when it is heated it become very hard. It is gotten from unconsolidated rock matter.
The components of clay are silica, alumina and water. It also contains oxides of iron, alkali and alkaline earth. There is also the presence of crystalline substances such as quartz, feldspar, and mica.
Economic Values of Clay
Calabar Nigeria is blessed with very big forest that can be harnessed for producing various forest product.
Some of the economic trees present in the forest of Calabar are Pogea Mimosop, Ebony, Mahogany and Cedar.
The rich forest in Calabar is aided by the high rainfall experienced in the region. The forest is home to several animal and plant species interacting to form a close system.
Economic Values of Forest
Calabar is blessed with the Calabar River which is a source of various aquatic resources.
The river in caliber has a natural deep harbor as such it is been currently developed into a port city with all its attendants effects.
The geological features of the river include Cretaceous sediments of the Calabar flank, Pre-Cambrian Oban Massif and the Niger Delta Sedimentary basin.
The Calabar River flows from the north of Calabar to the south of Cross Rivers state. It
Economic Values of the River
Nigeria is richly bless with abundant natural resources that are scattered within the length and depth of the country. In this post, we focused only on the abundant natural resources in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, Nigeria. The purpose of this article to educate and inform potential investors about our rich natural resources. The city is widely open for business. So what are you waiting for? Let us know if you have any interest in investing on any of the listed natural resources in this post.