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International strategic minerals inventory summary report: a regional assessment of selected mineral commodities in subequatorial Africa.

Coakley GJ; Crockett RN; Hammerbeck ECI
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, MP 2-92, 1991 Sep; :1-51
The major mineral resources of 19 countries of central and southern Africa are described in this summary report. A total of 27 categories of individual commodities, or groups of closely related commodities, are analyzed in detail. The size and diversity of the mineral endowment of the region owes much to various major geologic features that are rarely duplicated on a comparable scale elsewhere in the world. A simplified geologic map places these mineral resources within their broad geologic environments. A companion infrastructure map locates mines and deposits and highlights currently existing rail transport and export harbor capacities available to support the regional development of mineral resources. A summary listing of known mining and foreign investment legislation in each country is presented, as is a list of the mineral agencies of each country. The value of crude mineral production in the region is estimated to have been about $27 billion in current dollars in 1989. This represents a substantial proportion of a total gross domestic product (gdp) of about $136 billion. The region is of considerable importance as a substantial or principal supplier of several strategic minerals to the world market. As constraints are overcome, the potential for further development of the mineral resources of subequatorial Africa from both known deposits and new discoveries may be considered to be very favorable.
Resource-potential; Mineral-exploration; Metalliferous-mineral-deposits; Nonmetalliferous-mineral-deposits; Diamonds; Petroleum; Mining; Exploitation; Mines; Geology; Foreign-investments; Foreign-aid; Law-Jurisprudence; Tables-data; Subsaharan-Africa; Mineral-resources; Resource-assessment
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Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, MP 2-92
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British Geological Survey, Keyworth (England)
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