Massive mineral deposits found in Afghanistan

KABUL: New deposits found by the United States in Afghanistan could turn the impoverished country into a global mining giant.

A memo issued by the Pentagon has described a wide range of previously unknown mineral deposits, estimated to be worth $1 trillion, to have been discovered by an American geologist in Afghanistan, according The New York Times.

The minerals found include gold, copper, iron, cobalt and lithium, which is essential for producing batteries used in many everyday electronics, such as laptops and smart phones. (14 June 2010)

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