The $1 Trillion Afghanistan Mineral Rush - NYT

It looks like Afghanistan has a trillion dollars worth of "untapped mineral deposits", including "iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium". "Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe".  Add on to that marijuana and poppy fields and they're pretty diversified.  How clean will the transformation be?  Read the whole story at New York Times.