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Konar Province (Kunar Province; Konarh Province; Konarha Province; Nuristan), Afghanistan
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NOTE: Nuristan province sensu strictu (http://www.mindat.org/loc-135473.html) became officially recognised in 2001 (wikipedia) or 2004 (statoids.com), but was already known for 10 years. It was formed from the northern parts of Laghman Province and Konar (Kunar) Province.

Note, however, that "Nuristan" is also the traditional name for the region that encompasses these three current provinces (i.e., NE Afghanistan) and the name is still often used in that fashion.

Konar Province covers most of the Afghan part of the Konar valley, and most of the valleys of its confluents. Only a small part of the lower valley, a few kilometers upstream of its confluence with the Kabul river near Jalalabad, belongs to Nangarhar Province. Depending on which confluents are considered an integral part of the valley, the area referred to as "Konar Valley" may cover anything between about two thirds and all of Konar Province, making it not only a rather vague but also an ill-defined locality description. Therefore, photos of specimens labelled as coming from Konar Valley should be placed under Konar Province.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Albite
var: Cleavelandite
Almandine
Bavenite
Beryl
var: Aquamarine
var: Emerald
var: Goshenite
var: Heliodor
var: Morganite
Beryllonite
'Biotite'
Cassiterite
Chloritoid
Columbite-(Fe)
Columbite-(Mn)
'Columbite-Tantalite'
Diopside
Elbaite
Epidote
'Feldspar Group'
Fluorapatite
Fluornatromicrolite
'Garnet'
Goethite
Grossular
Hematite
Hydroxylherderite
Lepidolite
'Limonite'
Microcline
Muscovite
Pezzottaite
Phlogopite
Pollucite
Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz
'Scapolite'
Schorl
Spessartine
Spodumene
var: Kunzite
Talc
Tantalite-(Mn)
Topaz
'Tourmaline'
'var: Achroite'
'var: Indicolite'
'var: Rubellite'
Tungstibite
Viitaniemiite
Zircon


65 entries listed. 34 valid minerals.

Localities in this Region

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References

- Gulyam-Ali-Khan (1949): Report on the beryl deposit in the vicinity of Dara-i-Qunar [Kunar Valley], Rec. Off. DCMS, Kabul.
- Feruz, N.M. and Denikaev, Sh.Sh. (1976) Intrusive and ultrametamorphic rocks of Nuristan and Eastern Badakhshan (North-Eastern Afghanistan). Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR: 226(1).

External Links

http://www.aims.org.af/maps/provincial/kunar.pdf [Link Broken? Aug 2014] - detailed map of Konar Province with all districts and settlements as of Nov 2003

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