Re: Were do I begin ?
Let me also throw in my gratitude for what you and your colleagues are doing for our country. You may be safer if you are taking a true rockhound stance when going out and about, nose and eyes to the ground and ass in the air. Stay safe. Here are a couple of information sources that will be specific for where you are. If you have internet capability google a guy named Gary Bowersox and a book he wrote called "A Gem Hunter in Afghanistan" This guy has, and from what I have heard still is actively collecting gem and mineral specimens over there. He started before the Soviet invasion,during the Soviet invasion, during the time the Taliban took over, and after that. His book has extensive information on mineral occurrences with maps to go with them. He used to enter the country via Pakistan, but I don't know what he is up to now. You might be able to get contact information via your google query.
Best of luck in your new hobby.
From Jim Landon - March 25, 2011 at 06:06:10