[at-l] Afghan Mineral Deposits

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Sun Jun 13 22:20:41 CDT 2010

I sort of focused on the Lithium...

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Addleton 
  To: giniajim 
  Cc: at-l at backcountry.net 
  Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:31 PM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] Afghan Mineral Deposits

  This is off topic; however, Afghanistan has been known for something
  like 5 or 6,000 years for its gold and lapis lazuli deposits and for
  its copper. Prior even to Alexander the Great, civilizations fought
  over them . . . Here is the stomping grounds of Zoroaster, the first
  and only non-semitic "prophet" whose religion the Persian kings
  adopted and spread to the semitic peoples through the Persian
  captivity of the Israelites . . . . Once again we can thank the Brits,
  who, together with the Americans and the Soviets, carved up Central
  Asia into "countries" with arbitrary borders cutting through then
  indigenous ethnic groups . . . . Not just Afghanistan, but most of
  Central Asia is rising in importance because of natural resources
  coveted by India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Europe, and the US of
  A . . . This is an old, even ancient, game for influence, power over
  these resources in a land which has known almost no peace since human
  beings first started smelting copper and gold and making lapis
  jewelry. I seriously doubt it's a "game changer" except insofar as it
  further motivates greed amongst the aforementioned powers . . . .

  On Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM, giniajim <jplynch at crosslink.net> wrote:
  > Might be a game changer......
  > Breaking News Alert
  > The New York Times
  > Sun, June 13, 2010 -- 9:22 PM ET
  > -----
  > U.S. Discovers Nearly $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits
  > The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in
  > untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any
  > previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter
  > the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself,
  > according to senior American government officials.
  > The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of
  > iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals
  > like lithium -- are so big and include so many minerals that
  > are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could
  > eventually be transformed into one of the most important
  > mining centers in the world, the United States officials
  > believe.
  > Read More:
  > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?emc=na
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