Special Geologic Studies: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining of Conflict Minerals

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This project focuses on the illegal artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) of small and low-grade mineral and gemstone deposits. Project scientists employ field mapping, geomorphological techniques, and remote sensing to map, monitor, and evaluate mineral deposits and ASM activities in conflict zones and during complex emergencies. The research is directly applied to addressing issues of international peace and security, terrorism and conflict financing, money laundering, trans-boundary material flows, and human and environmental health degradation. 

Satellite image mapping and monitoring of small-scale emerald mining in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.

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Pete Chirico
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