Notes on Interpretation of Geophysical Data Over Areas of Mineralization in Afghanistan

Open-File Report 2011-1258



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.

Suggested Citation

Drenth, B.J., 2011, Notes on interpretation of geophysical data over areas of mineralization in Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1258, 13 p.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Aynak
  • Zarkashan
  • Kundalan
  • Dusar-Shaida
  • Khanneshin
  • Chagai Hills
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited
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
DOI 10.3133/ofr20111258
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
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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