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St John's Island (Zagbargad; Zabargad; Zebirget; Seberged; Topazios), Red Sea, Egypt
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St John's Island, Red Sea, Egypt

Photo: 2006 M. Kampf
Latitude: 23°36'16"N
Longitude: 36°11'42"E
Quaternary volcanic island, 3 x 2 km in size, which is an ancient (1300 BC) locality of gem peridote. The Greek name of the island, Topazios, is believed to have given name to topaz.
Largest of a group of islands in Foul Bay; located 46 km southeast of Ras Banas.

Note: The island is part of the Elba National Park.

Presence of spinel-lherzolites with anhydrous Al-diopside pyroxenites and hydrous Cr-diopside pyroxenites layers.
In the 19th century, geologists re-explored old mines and found interesting nickel deposits, which were later mined in the Nasser era around 1960.

Mineral List

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Brochantite ?
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'
var: Peridot
var: Picotite

var: Titaniferous Magnetite

'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'

21 entries listed. 14 valid minerals.

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- Wilson, W. (1976): Famous Mineral Localities: Saint John's Island, Egypt. Mineralogical Record 7 (6), 310-314.
- Gübelin, E. (1980): 'Seberged, die Peridot-Insel im Roten Meer'. Lapis, 5 (11), 19-26.
- Kurat, G., Niedermayr, G. & Prinz, M. (1982): Peridot von Zabargad, Rotes Meer. Aufschluss, 33 (5), 169-182.
- KURAT, G., H. PALME, A. EMBEY-ISZTIN, J. TOURET, T. NTAFLOS, B. SPETTEL, F. BRANDSTÄTTER, G. DREIBUS, and M. PRINZ (1993): Petrology and geochemistry of peridotites and associated vein rocks of Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt. Mineral. Petrol. 48, 309-341.

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