USGS outlines industrial minerals in Afghanistan in new report

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
Published: Friday, 30 September 2011

Troubled country holds barytes, chromite, graphite deposits – but more work needed

Afghanistan holds vast deposits of industrial minerals, a new study by the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Thursday.

The survey shows that Afghanistan folds deposits of graphite, bauxite, chromite, barytes, clays, dolomite, limestone, potash, rare earths, sands and talcs.

Most of the minerals have not been investigated thoroughly. Only...

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