A reserve of 1.28 million was discovered by geological workers in China's far west, the autonomous region of Xinjiang that borders Russia and Kazakhstan. The finding was reported in Xinhua.
The exploration team, which was made of mining companies and geological departments, also discovered 220,000 tonnes of copper and 60,000 tonnes of cobalt.
The exploration area was identified earlier this year, a 5,585-square-kilometer section within Ruoqiang that is on the southeastern edge of the Taklimakan Desert.
Officials expect the reserve to grow once more exploration is conducted.
Xinhua is rich in natural resources. It has China's largest oil and gas reserves and produces most of the country's natural gas. It also records China's greatest seasonal difference, with the hottest summers and coldest winters.
Image of Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by Pravit