The country of Haiti may suddenly and drastically reverse their GDP standing in the worldwide economy. Geologists have discovered rich mining veins in the country’s northeast mountains containing gold, silver, and copper.
Gold and Haiti are not strangers to one another. After Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti in the 16th century, Spaniards enslaved the Arawak Indians and forced them to mine gold. Some other veins have been mined since, but there has never been any wild success with gold. However, the size of these finds might change that. Geologists are currently estimating that approximately 1 million ounces of gold, 20 million ounces of silver, and 1 million tons of copper could be unearthed at new mining sites.
But where did these precious metals come from? Geologists are looking to Haiti’s fault lines. Although they have the potential for devastating earthquakes, they also allow gold and other metals to rise up from deep in the earth’s crust to a minable level. Hopefully, Haiti will be able to make the most of these resources in the coming years to grow and prosper.