[at-l] Afghan Mineral Deposits

Tim Rich athiker89 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 14 07:38:00 CDT 2010


It's true.  Darius went there to have his baby shoes bronzed.

--- On Sun, 6/13/10, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [at-l] Afghan Mineral Deposits
> To: "giniajim" <jplynch at crosslink.net>
> Cc: at-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 10:31 PM
> 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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