By Leah Germain
US scientists have discovered industrial minerals, including dolomite, kaolin and gypsum in Afghanistan using advanced remote sensing hyperspectral imaging.
Led by a team of geophysicists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) with support from the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), the project was aimed at providing the country with a greater understanding of the economic potential for mineral development.
The surveying took 43 days and involved 28 flights covering 440,000 km² of Afghanistans mountainous territory.
Afghanistan is the first country in the world to have a majority of its surface minerals...