Skip Links

USGS - science for a changing world

Techniques and Methods 11–D2

Prepared under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State

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

By Peter G. Chirico and Katherine C. Malpeli

Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (2.66 MB)Abstract

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

For additional information, contact:
Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
926A National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

Part or all of this report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). For best results viewing and printing PDF documents, it is recommended that you download the documents to your computer and open them with Adobe Reader. PDF documents opened from your browser may not display or print as intended. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge. More information about viewing, downloading, and printing report files can be found here.

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.,

ISSN 2328-7055 (online)





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

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Contact USGS
Page Last Modified: Friday, December 02, 2016, 03:51:17 PM