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Minerals in Afghanistan : The Hajigak iron deposit

By Paul McDonnell and Antony John Benham

Abstract

The Hajigak iron ore deposit is situated in the mountainous\ud Bamyan province, 130 km west of the Afghanistan capital, Kabul\ud (Figure 1). It is one of several iron deposits within this area but is\ud the largest located to date. The ore occurs within the Herat fault\ud zone as sub-concordant sheets and lenses within Proterozoic\ud metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks. A study in the 1960s\ud demonstrated the mineral potential of the region, and estimated\ud the Hajigak resource as 1.8 billion tonnes of iron ore with a\ud concentration of approximately 62 % Fe (Table 1). This\ud assessment ranks the Hajigak deposit as world class. The presence\ud of coking coal nearby at Shabashak and the world-class ranking\ud of the iron ore resource combine to make the Hajigak deposit an\ud exceptionally favourable target for economic development

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: Afghanistan Geological Survey
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:10922

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