Santo Domingo. - The calcium carbonate deposits mostly in Barahona and Independencia provinces (southwest) mean a windfall for exporters in that impoverished region, said Mining Agency director Alexander Medina on Monday.
Developed countries have limited the use of the mineral created artificially and demand it in its natural form, to use in pharmaceutical and food industries, the official said.
Medina said Mining currently studies seven requests to explore for the mineral at Barahona, Neiba, Postrer Rio, Duvergé and Jimani, among other areas.
He said other requests for non-metallic minerals and construction aggregates figure limestone, gypsum, marble and clay.