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Techniques and Methods 11–D2

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A Methodological Toolkit for Field Assessments of Artisanally Mined Alluvial Diamond Deposits

By Peter G. Chirico and Katherine C. Malpeli

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This toolkit provides a standardized checklist of critical issues relevant to artisanal mining-related field research. An integrated sociophysical geographic approach to collecting data at artisanal mine sites is outlined. The implementation and results of a multistakeholder approach to data collection, carried out in the assessment of Guinea’s artisanally mined diamond deposits, also are summarized. This toolkit, based on recent and successful field campaigns in West Africa, has been developed as a reference document to assist other government agencies or organizations in collecting the data necessary for artisanal diamond mining or similar natural resource assessments.

First posted July 11, 2014

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Suggested citation:

Chirico, P.G., and Malpeli, K.C., 2014, A methodological toolkit for field assessments of artisanally mined alluvial diamond deposits: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods book 11, chap. D2, 28 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm11D2.

ISSN 2328-7055 (online)



Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Glossary

Tool 1: Project Planning

Tool 2: Fieldwork Planning And Preparation

Tool 3: Fieldwork

Tool 4: Summarizing And Reporting Fieldwork Results

Guinea: A Case Study

References Cited

Appendix 1. Mine Site Data Sheet

Appendix 2. Mine Manager Data Sheet

Appendix 3. Miner Life Data Sheet


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