Proving The Correlation Between War and US Interest in Mined Resources with Mellaurgic Value in AfricaSubmitted by TheBrushfire on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 17:48
I'm beginning a new mapping project that will illustrate theaters of war in Africa and (what my hypothesis states is) the correlation with US interest in high demand natural ores with premium metallurgic value. Simply, I hope to prove the motivation of war in Africa is not a "holy crusade" but rather a fight to distract us from the extraction of natural ores from African land.
I'll have access to bodies of information, but what I really need is access to scholars (in-person interviews.) This is going to be a huge project that I hope to exhibit in a gallery nearby. It will have its own website that will keep a log of my progress, showcase interviews and link to pertinent articles.
Because most of us on this site are non-interventionists, I'm wondering if anyone knows, or is, a PhD in African Studies, Metallurgy, or something related to this study. I'm looking to answer these questions (please chime in even if you don't have "letters next to your name"):
-time frame? What period of time would be most impactful? (This will likely be a period of decades for relevance, not centuries)
-characteristics of land being mined? Using high-res satellite imagery, what are the primary qualities of land that is being mined or has been mined for ore?
Your help is most appreciated! (Of course, you'll be cited if you're published, which is an incentive to help me!!)
Please contact me with questions, I'm so excited about the opportunity for this project. :)