USGS – Mining potential of Afghanistan

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Estimated Reserves




The marble industry is the fastest developing industry in Afghanistan. The Association of Marble and Granite Production of Afghanistan reported 130 marble quarries. The successful development of copper, copper-gold, iron deposits, and petroleum and natural gas fields in Afghanistan could provide the critical economic growth needed by the country.Improvement and strengthening government transparency, security around mine sites, and continuation with planned infrastructure will most likely improve international support.

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