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Notes on interpretation of geophysical data over areas of mineralization in Afghanistan

Open-File Report 2011-1258

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Afghanistan has the potential to contain substantial metallic mineral resources. Although valuable mineral deposits have been identified, much of the country's potential remains unknown. Geophysical surveys, particularly those conducted from airborne platforms, are a well-accepted and cost-effective method for obtaining information on the geological setting of a given area. This report summarizes interpretive findings from various geophysical surveys over selected mineral targets in Afghanistan, highlighting what existing data tell us. These interpretations are mainly qualitative in nature, because of the low resolution of available geophysical data. Geophysical data and simple interpretations are included for these six areas and deposit types: (1) Aynak: Sedimentary-hosted copper; (2) Zarkashan: Porphyry copper; (3) Kundalan: Porphyry copper; (4) Dusar Shaida: Volcanic-hosted massive sulphide; (5) Khanneshin: Carbonatite-hosted rare earth element; and (6) Chagai Hills: Porphyry copper.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Notes on interpretation of geophysical data over areas of mineralization in Afghanistan
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2011-1258
Year Published:
2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center
Description:
iv, 13 p.
Country:
Afghanistan
Online Only (Y/N):
Y