Special Geologic Studies at USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center -AD

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This video introduces audiences to research that the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC) is leading on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) of minerals and gemstones in conflict zones and during complex emergencies. The research is done in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and applied to addressing issues of international peace and security, conflict financing, money laundering, trans-boundary material flows, and human and environmental health degradation. The USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC) is at the leading edge of scientific research addressing critical societal issues and providing unbiased data and information to decision makers and the public. 

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Content produced by 522 Productions under contract to the USGS FBGC


>> Most people now carry around a mobile device, a cell phone or a tablet, and they may not realize that, embedded in that device are a variety of different types of metals that are mined in areas of conflict throughout the world.  Mapping conflict minerals is very difficult.  Many of these territories are ungoverned spaces and it's extremely challenging to have field teams access those areas in a safe and reliable manner.  The work that we are doing is really important to identifying trends in mining.  Our work was able to show that in rebel-controlled areas in CÙte d'Ivoire there was a ramp-up in artisanal diamond mining, and that correlated with the United Nations information about weapons caches being developed throughout the country by the rebel group.  To know that there's a direct applicability and that there is an immediate need for that kind of information is incredibly gratifying.