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Open-File Report 2011-1185-A

Prepared in cooperation with the Afghan Geological Survey under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense

Geologic Map of the Haji-Gak Iron Deposit, Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, Modified From the 1965 Original Map Compilation of M.S. Smirnov and I.K. Kusov

Compiled by Karine M. Renaud, Robert D. Tucker, Stephen G. Peters, Will R. Stettner, Linda M. Masonic, and Thomas W. Moran

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This map is a modified version of Geological-structural map of Hajigak iron-ore deposit, scale 1:10,000, which was compiled by M.S. Smirnov and I.K. Kusov in 1965. (Refer to the References Cited section in the Map PDF for complete citations of the original map and a related report.) Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Afghan Geological Survey and the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations of the U.S. Department of Defense, studied the original documents and also visited the field area in November 2009.

This modified map illustrates the geological structure of the Haji-Gak iron deposit and includes cross sections of the same area. The map reproduces the topology (contacts, faults, and so forth) of the original Soviet map and cross sections and includes modifications based on our examination of these documents. Elevations on the cross sections are derived from the original Soviet topography and may not match the newer topography used on the current map. We have attempted to translate the original Russian terminology and rock classification into modern English geologic usage as literally as possible without changing any genetic or process-oriented implications in the original descriptions. We also use the age designations from the original map.

The unit colors on the map and cross sections differ from the colors shown on the original version. The units are colored according to the color and pattern scheme of the Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW) (

First posted September 27, 2011

For additional information contact:
Karine M. Renaud
U.S. Geological Survey
954 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: (703) 648-6037


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    Suggested citation:

    Renaud, K.M., Tucker, R.D., Peters, S.G., Stettner, W.R., Masonic, L.M., and Moran, T.W., comps., 2011, Geologic map of the Haji-Gak iron deposit, Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, modified from the 1965 original map compilation of M.S. Smirnov and I.K. Kusov: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1185–A, one sheet, scale 1:10,000. Also available at

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