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USGS Projects in Afghanistan

For more than 75 years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been involved in projects in dozens of countries that focus on helping cooperators develop mineral, water, and energy resources, identify hazards, utilize remote sensing and mapmaking technologies, and access geosciences information. 


Virtual training prepared for the former Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water—Streamgaging, fluvial sediment sampling, bathymetry, and streamflow and sediment modeling

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) created a virtual training series for the Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), now known as the National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA), to provide critical hydrological training as an alternative to an in-person training. The USGS was scheduled to provide in-person surface-water training for NWARA during 2020; however, travel was halted bec
Joel T. Groten, Joshua F. Valder, Brenda K. Densmore, Logan W. Neal, Justin Krahulik, Thomas J. Mack

Remote sensing inventory and geospatial analysis of brick kilns and clay quarrying in Kabul, Afghanistan

Reconstruction and urban development in Kabul, Afghanistan, has prompted vast expansion of the clay quarrying and brick making industry. This study identified the extent and distribution of clay quarrying and brick kilns in the greater Kabul area between 1965 and 2018. Very high-resolution satellite imagery was interpreted to quantify and characterize the type, number, and location of brick kilns
Jessica D. DeWitt, Peter G. Chirico, Marissa A. Alessi, Kathleen M Boston

Notes on interpretation of geophysical data over areas of mineralization in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has the potential to contain substantial metallic mineral resources. Although valuable mineral deposits have been identified, much of the country’s potential remains unknown. Geophysical surveys, particularly those conducted from airborne platforms, are a well-accepted and cost-effective method for obtaining information on the geological setting of a given area. This report summarizes

Benjamin J. Drenth