Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
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Mauritania is poorly explored for mineral resources. The French carried out a phase 1 project in which they mapped and collected data in the country. The USGS evaluated this data, filling in where needed, and performed a mineral assessment.
The project objective was to complete a mineral resource assessment of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The USGS was in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Futures Group, who signed a contract with Mauritania, which received money from the World Bank. The mineral resource assessment will allow the Mauritanians to have a better understanding of their natural resources.
For economic growth and self determination, it is important for Mauritania to know their natural resouce potential.
The USGS evaluated previously collected data; collected new data where needed; provided GIS training to Mauritanian geologists; and provided mineral assessment and field training of a Mauritanian geologist.