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Orapa Mine, Orapa, Central District, Botswana
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Orapa Mine, Orapa, Central District, Botswana

Photo: Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Latitude: 21°18'25"S
Longitude: 25°22'12"E
Open cast diamond mine, owned by Debswana, a 50:50 joint venture of De Beers and the Botswanian government. The mine works two pipes; the northern (older) one was discovered in 1967 by De Beers geologists using traditional heavy-mineral sampling. Production started in 1971. The mine is currently one of the largest diamond producers. In 2004, it produced 16.9 million ct, which was about 15% of the world production.

Located about 250 km west of Francistown.

Mineral List

'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'

5 entries listed. 3 valid minerals.

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Mining Annual Review (1985): 147 & 415.

Field, M., Stiefenhofer, J., Robey, J., and Kurszlaukis, S. (2008): Kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits of southern Africa: A review. Ore Geology Reviews 34, 33-75.

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