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Peter Chirico
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Peter Chirico commented on Daniel Franks's event 'ASM18'
"Looking forward to hearing more about this conference and the proposed agenda etc.  Thanks."
Apr 3, 2018
Peter Chirico might attend Daniel Franks's event

ASM18 at Livingstone, Zambia

September 11, 2018 to September 13, 2018
International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarrying, Livingstone, Zambia.http://www.asmconference.orgSee More
Apr 3, 2018

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US Geological Survey
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Research Geographer
About My Work
I'm a researcher and field geographer mapping alluvial diamond deposits and mine sites in central and western Africa. I've participated in, and have led, several field mapping expeditions to the Central African Republic, Mali, Ghana, and Guinea to describe and verify alluvial diamond mining sites. This work is in direct support to the Kimberley Process and the US Clean Diamond Trade Act.
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, geology

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Testing a Small UAS (Drone) for Mapping Artisanal Diamond Mining in Africa

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 15:46 0 Comments

In June 2014, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tested a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) or "drone" in an artisanal diamond mining region in Guinea. The work follows many years of USGS/USAID/US State Department efforts focused on supporting implementation of the Kimberely Process in Central and Western Africa.  

We recently had an article published in Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing (PE&RS) which…


Satellite imagery assists in mapping and monitoring ASM

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 20:30 0 Comments

We here at USGS just recently had an article on satellite image monitoring of mine sites published in a geospatial industry magazine that I wanted to make you aware of. The article describes, in a non-technical way, how we use satellite imagery to monitor and assess artisanal and small-scale (ASM) diamond mining sites in western Africa - particularly focused on our work in Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire.  In the article, we also discuss how the USGS is performing this work in support of the…

Central African Republic Rebel Activities and Diamond Deposits Situation Map

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 22:51 1 Comment


The USGS is supporting the Kimberley Process in monitoring the rebel controlled areas and diamond deposits in the Central African Republic. USGS has developed a map depicting the evolving situation and shows the recent Seleka rebel alliance activities overlaid upon a terrain map and data of alluvial diamond deposits.  The USGS will continue to…


New Reports on Artisanal alluvial diamond mining

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 18:44 0 Comments

Several new reports are available from the US Geological Survey (USGS) which address methods and techniques for conducting assessments of alluvial diamond deposits with particular attention to those mined through artisanal methods.

A methodology for conducting national-scale alluvial diamond resource potential and production capacity assessments, with a focus on artisanal mining by Chirico, P.G., and Malpeli, K.C., 2012, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3128,…


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