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Open-File Report 2011-1055

Aeromagnetic Surveys in Afghanistan: An Updated Website for Distribution of Data

By Ghulam Sakhi Shenwary,1 Abdul Hakim Kohistany,1 Sardar Hussain,1 Said Ashan;1 Abdul Salam Mutty;2 Mohammad Ahmad Daud;3 Michael D. Wussow,4 Ronald E. Sweeney,4 Jeffrey D. Phillips,4 Charles R. Lindsay,4 Robert P. Kucks,4 Carol A. Finn,4 Benjamin J. Drenth,4 Eric D. Anderson,4 Jared D. Abraham;4 Robert T. Liang,5 James L. Jarvis,5 Joan M. Gardner,5 Vicki A. Childers,5 David C. Ball,5 John M. Brozena5

1Afghanistan Geological Survey, Kabul, Afghanistan
2Afghanistan Ministry of Mines, Sheberghan, Afghanistan
3Afghanistan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office, Kabul, Afghanistan
4U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado
5Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.


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Because of its geologic setting, Afghanistan has the potential to contain substantial natural resources. Although valuable mineral deposits and petroleum resources have been identified, much of the country's potential remains unknown. Airborne geophysical surveys are a well accepted and cost effective method for obtaining information about the geological setting of an area without the need to be physically located on the ground. Owing to the current security situation and the large areas of the country that have not been evaluated by geophysical exploration methods, a regional airborne geophysical survey was proposed. Acting upon the request of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Mines, the U.S. Geological Survey contracted with the Naval Research Laboratory to jointly conduct an airborne geophysical and remote sensing survey of Afghanistan.

First posted April 18, 2011

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Suggested citation:

Shenwary, G.S., Kohistany, A.H., Hussain, Sardar, Ashan, Said; Mutty, A.S.; Daud, M.A.; Wussow, M.W., Sweeney, R.E., Phillips, J.D., Lindsay, C.R., Kucks, R.P., Finn, C.A., Drenth, B.A., Anderson, E.D., Abraham, J.D.; Liang, R.T., Jarvis, J.L., Gardner, J.M., Childers, V.A., Ball, D.C., and Brozena, J.M., 2011, Aeromagnetic surveys in Afghanistan—An updated website for distribution of data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1055, 8 p.



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