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Rosh Pinah Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia
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Baryte
Rosh Pinah Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia

Photo: 1995-2001 Trinity Mineral Co.
 
 
A zinc-lead-silver mine owned by South African Iron & Steel Corp.
The deposit is of Neoproterozoic age and its genesis is closely related to the Rosh Pinah graben. The ore is stratabound and hosted in the Rosh-Pinah Formation (also known as Kapok Formation).
Discovered in 1963; production began in 1969.

Known for well-formed yellowish baryte crystals.

The name Rosh Pinah comes from Hebrew & means 'corner stone'. It is situated 165 km south of Aus, 70 km NE of Oranjemund & 20 km north of the Orange River, the main deposit being in the Rosh Pinah Mountain.

Mineral List

Acanthite
Alabandite
Albite
Alstonite
Ankerite
'Apatite'
Arsenopyrite
Azurite
Baryte
Barytocalcite
Benstonite
Bornite
Calcite
Celsian
Cerussite
Chalcopyrite
Chamosite
'Chlorite Group'
Chrysocolla
Copper
Coronadite
Cubanite
Dolomite
Galena
Goethite
Gold
Gypsum
Hemimorphite
Jarosite
Kutnohorite
'Limonite'
Marcasite
Norsethite
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Smithsonite
Sphalerite
Stromeyerite
'Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series'
Witherite


41 entries listed. 37 valid minerals.

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References

Mining Annual Review (1985): 422

Daul, J., Bauer, K. & Moser, P. (1993): Bergbau in Namiba - Erfahrungen einer Studienreise. Institut für Bergbaukunde, Bergtechnik und Bergwirtschaft, Wissenschaftliche Schriftenreihe No. 3, Leoben, Austria, 130 pp (in German).

Alchin, D. J.; Moore, J. M. (2005): A review of the Pan-African, Neoproterozoic Rosh Pinah Zn-Pb deposit, southwestern Namibia. South African Journal of Geology 108, 71-86.

Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2007): Namibia. Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag, Haltern, 394 pp. (in English)

Cairncross, B. and Fraser, A. (2012) The Rosh Pinah lead-zinc mine. Rocks & Minerals, 87 (5), 398-407.

Mineral. Rec.: 20(5): 397

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