Lithium, which is used to make batteries for everything from mobile phones to iPads, could transform the war-torn nation's economy.
- Nearly $1 trillion of mineral wealth has been discovered in war-ravaged Afghanistan.
- Lithium, gold, iron and copper are among the minerals identified.
- Little has been exploited because the country has been mired in conflict for three decades.
Afghanistan has nearly $1 trillion in mineral deposits, according to a study, but there are doubts the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall offered by the untapped riches.
President Hamid Karzai said in January that the deposits could help the war-ravaged nation become one of the richest in the world, based on preliminary findings of the United States Geological Survey.
The final results, reported in the New York Times Monday, found previously unknown reserves of lithium, iron, gold, niobium, cobalt and other minerals that the paper said could transform Afghanistan into a global mining hub.
"The natural resources of Afghanistan will play a magnificent role in Afghanistan's economic growth," Jawad Omar, spokesman for the country's ministry of mines and industries, told AFP.