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Fact Sheet 2011–3108

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, and the Afghanistan Geological Survey

Summaries and Data Packages of Important Areas for Mineral Investment and Production Opportunities in Afghanistan

By Stephen G. Peters

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of the Department of the Interior and the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) of the Department of Defense entered into an agreement to study and assess the fuel and nonfuel mineral resources of Afghanistan from October 2009 through September 2011. The work resulted in a report that summarizes new results and interpretations on 24 important Areas of Interest (AOIs) of nonfuel mineral resources that were identified for mineral investment and production opportunities inAfghanistan (Peters and others, 2011). The report is supported by digital data in the form of geographic information system (GIS) databases and by archival and non-USGS reports on each AOI. The data packages contain from 20 to 50 digital layers of data, such as geology, geophysics, and hyperspectral and remotely sensed imagery. Existing reports and maps are mainly from the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) archive and are Soviet-era (1960s and 1970s) reports. These data are available from the AGS Data Center in Kabul (; and also are available for viewing and download from the USGS public Web site ( and from a separate viewer at

First posted September 2011

For additional information contact:
Stephen G. Peters
U.S. Geological Survey
MS 954 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192-0002
Telephone: (703) 648–6348
Fax: (703) 648–6383

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Suggested citation:

Peters, S.G., 2011, Summaries and data packages of important areas for mineral investment and production opportunities in Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3108, 4 p. (Also available at

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