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Chinpai is a Village in Dubrajpur Tehsil in Birbhum District in West Bengal State in India.
The district headquarters is located at Suri. It lies at the middle of the western border of West Bengal right below the narrow waist of the state_name. Birbhum is the northernmost district of "Bardhaman Division" -one of the three administrative divisions of the state_name. Called by the name of "The land of red soil" Birbhum is famous for its topography and cultural heritage which is unique and is somewhat different from that of the other districts in West Bengal.

The most interesting part of the geology of Birbhum stems from the gradient of red soil.
Important geographical features in Birbhum are the khoai (eroded undulated patches of barren area), the red, laterite soil (ranga mati), with palm trees visible from a long distance and multiple protected forested areas on the western side.
If one looks at the soil map of India one will notice that actually the Rarh region has laterite soil ,and the Vajjabhumi has a different kind of sandy hard red soil of the alfisoil type.
Birbhum has some mineral reserves that are relatively unimportant in the national context but are important locally. Coal, China clay, low grade iron-ore and granite are mined in west Birbhum.

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