GSI discovers India's largest natural arch in Odisha

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GSI-discovers-India's-largest-natural-arch-in-OdishaThe Geological Survey of India (GSI) discovered a "Natural Arch" in Odisha's Sundergarh Forest Division.

An Overview of the News

  • This natural arch originated approximately 184 million years ago during the Lower to Middle Jurassic period.

  • The GSI has proposed a Geo Heritage tag for the arch, which aims to become the largest natural arch in India with this recognition.


  • This oval shaped arch has a base length of 30 meters and a height of 12 metres.

  • The maximum height and width of the natural arch are 7 meters and 15 meters respectively.

Protection of Geo-Heritage Sites:

  • The conservation of geo-heritage sites including Sundergarh Natural Arch requires special attention and protection.

  • GSI declares these sites as National Geological Monuments and protects them.

  • Collaboration with State Governments to implement necessary measures for safety and maintenance.

Geo-Heritage Sites:

  • Geo-Heritage Sites (GHS) have rare and exceptional geological, geomorphological, mineralogical, petrological and paleontological features.

  • Landmarks may include natural rock formations, caves, and other significant geological formations.

  • GSI plays a key role in identification, declaration and protection of GHS in collaboration with State Governments.

About Geological Survey of India (GSI)

  • It is a scientific agency of India.

  • Its parent organization is the Ministry of Mines with Pralhad Joshi as its Union Minister.

  • Establishment - 1851

  • Headquarters - Kolkata, West Bengal

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