When considering Central African mining, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) stands out as a shining star for prospectors the world over, thanks to its comparative political stability and geography. Nevertheless, the geological wealth of Central Africa as a whole is obvious.
The massive mineral reserves of the DRC contain an estimated $24 trillion worth of untapped mineral wealth. The Central African Republic is a globally significant producer of diamonds, Gabon is a globally significant producer of manganese, and the Republic of the Congo has been attracting interest in its iron ore potential in recent years.
Yet for the most part this wealth is undefined: Cameroon and Chad, for example, are known to contain undeveloped deposits of bauxite, gold and other minerals but limited exploration has left them ill-defined. This infographic outlines key facts regarding Central African mining.
Infographic: Mining in Central Africa
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