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Media Advisory: New Data to Help with Afghanistan’s Natural Resources and Hazards Assessments


The U.S. Geological Survey recently collected new data to help identify fault lines and the potential location of undiscovered water, oil and gas, and non-fuel mineral resources in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s geologic setting indicates significant natural resource potential, and though important mineral deposits and petroleum resources have been identified, much of the country’s potential remains unknown. These new data, acquired from an airborne geophysical and photographic survey of the country, provide valuable new information to policymakers and potential private investors and will enable scientists to better define areas for future exploration and development.

To assist in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and to complement the resource assessments coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the USGS was commissioned by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to conduct this survey.

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You are invited to attend an event hosted by The Embassy of Afghanistan where the USGS will unveil data collected during the airborne geophysical and photographic survey of Afghanistan.

Who: Said T. Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States

James Devine, Senior Advisor for Science Applications, USGS

Where: The Embassy of Afghanistan 2341 Wyoming Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is Required: Due to limited space, members of the media must pre-register by contacting Jessica Robertson at or (703) 648-6624.


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