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Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
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Vandenbrandeite
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Photo: Stephan Wolfsried
Latitude: 10°42'S
Longitude: 25°23'E
 
 
Cu-Co-Mn-U deposit. Known for rare assemblage of uranyl selenites, as well as palladium minerals. The workings consist of several open cuts, the oldest of which, Musonoi Principal, was started during the 1940's. A second cut was begun during the 1950's, and a third cut during the 1970's. The pits, eventually combined, are now connected to the Kamoto group of mines.
Located 2 km NW of Kolwezi.

Dolomitic inferior formation of the Roan system, Katanga group (Precambrian IV), deeply affected by folds and thrust nappes.

Two ore-bodies (about 10 meters) are known, uranium mineralization is located in the faulted inferior ore-body.

Mineral List

Athabascaite
Azurite
Baryte
Becquerelite
Berzelianite
β-Uranophane
Billietite
Brochantite
Calcite
var: Cobaltoan Calcite

Carrollite
Chalcocite
Chalcomenite
Chrysocolla
Cobaltomenite
Copper
Cornetite
Covellite
Cuprosklodowskite
Curite
Demesmaekerite (TL)
Derriksite (TL)
Digenite
Dolomite
var: Cobaltoan Dolomite

Fourmarierite
Francevillite
Geerite ?
Gold
Guilleminite (TL)
Hematite
Heterogenite
Hollingworthite ?
Ianthinite
Kasolite
Kolwezite (TL)
Libethenite
Malachite
Marthozite (TL)
Masuyite
Merenskyite
Metatorbernite
Metatyuyamunite
Mottramite
Oosterboschite (TL)
'Palladinite'
Palladium
Palladseite
Plancheite
Pseudojohannite
Roubaultite
Rutherfordine
Schoepite
Sengierite
Sklodowskite
Soddyite
Spherocobaltite
Spionkopite
Torbernite
Trogtalite
Tyuyamunite
Uraninite
Uranophane
Vandenbrandeite
Vauquelinite
Verbeekite (TL)
Wulfenite
Yarrowite


66 entries listed. 63 valid minerals. 7 type localities (valid minerals).

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References

- Lapis 17(3), 13-40 (1992)

Roberts, A. C., Paar, W. H., Cooper, M. A., Topa, D., Criddle, A. J., & Jedwab, J. (2002). Verbeekite, monoclinic PdSe2, a new mineral from the Musonoi Cu-Co-Mn-U mine, near Kolwezi, Shaba Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mineralogical Magazine, 66(1), 173-179.

- C. Pirard & F. Hatert (2008): "The sulfides and selenides of the Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo", Canadian Mineralogist 46, 19-31.

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