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pascalfortierRe: The Gold Miner
:biggrin: Just a matter of Time, California is too Devellopped or Populated for mining. Afghanistan is open for business, with the technology it will transform itself whatever way it choose to go.

Take care you too
InspectorTomRe: The Gold Miner
Hi Pascal,
It is really to bad that mineral rich areas like Afghanistan (and California for that matter) are "untouchable" due to political reasons.

Happy Holiday

pascalfortierRe: The Gold Miner
Mining in Afghanistan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is estimated that forty million years ago the tectonic plates of India-Europe, Asia and Africa collided in a massive upheaval. This upheaval created the region of towering mountains that now includes Afghanistan. That process also deposited vast amounts of minerals, including gold, copper, lithium, iron ore, cobalt, natural gas and oil in a country later written off as wartorn and poverty stricken, [1] Afghanistan's resources could make it the richest mining region on earth. [2]
As of 2006, "the mineral resources of Afghanistan were relatively underexplored from a global perspective. The country has extensive deposits of barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semiprecious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, and zinc. Precious and semiprecious stones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. Ongoing instability in certain areas of the country, the country’s remote and rugged terrain, and an inadequate infrastructure and transportation network have made mining these deposits difficult. Afghanistan’s mining industry currently uses primitive methods and outdated equipment and some of the country's approximately 200 mines are still under the control of local warlords as of 2006. Production data for mineral commodities were not readily available as of 2006."[3]
Afghanistan has 89 rich mineral fields with an easy extraction and utilisation possibility, according to information published by Persian Encyclopedia of Economics and Management. Based on the information most of Afghan mines are still intact. With the biggest rich mines of lapis, gold, turquoise, coal, copper, iron, barite and as well as oil and gas fields Afghanistan is one of the countries with the richest and biggest intact mines in the world. There are six big lapis mines in Afghanistan with the biggest one located in northern Badakhshan province. Badakhshan is also home to one of the biggest gold mines in the country. Based on the information there are around 12 copper mines in Afghanistan including the Aynak copper deposit located in Logar province.[4] Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographical position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes the possible construction of oil and natural gas export pipelines through Afghanistan.[5]
Roscoe794Re: The Gold Miner
Thanks, Steppe, was beginning to worry about you.:smile:
Can we look forward to the inside story on Afghanistan? Mining-wise, that is.
baubRe: The Gold Miner
Thanks all. Was wondering the same things. Glad you're ok Steppe.

SteppegoldRe: The Gold Miner
Sorry Folks about the non-distribution of The Gold Miners Book. I have been in Afghanistan for most of the year, and thought I'd got the on-line distribution set up properly, but there was a glitch as PayPal refuses to send $ TO Mongolia, only FROM Mongolia, and I'd not fully realised that was a no-no. I expect to be back home in Mongolia at Christmas and get it sorted out.

Steppe in Kabul
micropedes1Re: The Gold Miner
If you are looking for some of his work, this might keep you occupied for a while

Roscoe794Re: The Gold Miner
Thanks, Muley. Looking through the contents, it seems Steppe has just about covered the field, so I`d like a copy.
MuleyRe: The Gold Miner
Steppe spends long periods of time in places without access to internet, I would guess that he will get back to you when he get's back to where he can access the internet.

I have a copy of his book is there something in particular that I might be able to help you with?

Happy diggins,
Roscoe794The Gold Miner
Since he doesn`t reply to his emails, does anyone know if Steppewolf is still selling his book?

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