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Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
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Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Photo: Vincent Bourgoin
 
 
Opencast mine started in 1978. The mine is called Mashamba West, since there is another open cut working further east (Mashamba East mine). The latter is much less interesting from a mineralogical point of view.

When the Kamoya II South Mine was still a secret location, many specimens of its Carrollite crystals have been falsely attributed to this locality as well as to Kamfundwa and other places.

The report of some of the uranium minerals at this location seems to be a mistake for the Musonoi Mine located to the North of this locality.

Mineral List

Baryte
Brochantite
Calcite
var: Cobaltoan Calcite
Carnotite
Carrollite
Chalcocite
Chrysocolla
Conichalcite
Copper
Cuprite
Cuprosklodowskite
Dioptase
Dolomite
var: Cobaltoan Dolomite
Goethite
Heterogenite
Kolwezite
Malachite
Metatorbernite
Metatyuyamunite
Mottramite
var: Duhamelite

Neotocite ?
Plancheite
Quartz
Rutherfordine
Saléeite
Schoepite
Shattuckite
Spherocobaltite
Tyuyamunite
Uranophane
Vésigniéite


33 entries listed. 24 valid minerals. 6 erroneous literature entries.

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References

Mineralogical Record (1989): 20(5): 348.

Rocks & Minerals (1989): 64: 505.

Lhoest, J.J., Gauthier, G.J. and King, V.T. (1991), Famous mineral localities: the Mashamba West Mine Shaba Zaïre, Mineralogical Record: 22(1): 13-20, 28.

Lapis (1992): 17(3): 13-40.

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