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Minerals in Afghanistan : the potential for gold

By Antony John Benham and Stan Coats

Abstract

Gold has been worked in Afghanistan for centuries from many\ud areas including Takhar province in the north and from Ghazni,\ud Zabul, and Kandahar provinces in the south-west of the country.\ud Currently, gold is produced almost solely by artisanal miners\ud working the Samti Placer Deposit in Takhar Province. Gold\ud deposits and prospects are known in rocks of Proterozoic to\ud Neogene age. Many styles of gold mineralisation occur, in\ud particular skarn, vein-hosted, porphyry and alluvial. Afghanistan\ud is relatively under-explored and has not yet been evaluated in the\ud light of modern mineral deposit models and using up-to-date\ud sophisticated analytical methods and exploration techniques.\ud There is significant potential for further discoveries of gold\ud mineralisation throughout the country in a variety of styles\ud especially porphyry Cu-Au and skarn Cu-Au

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: Afghanistan Geological Survey
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:10926

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