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Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia
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Skorpionite
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia

Photo: Knut Eldjarn
 
 
The Skorpion mine, located about 40 km north of the Orange River, the border between Namibia and South Africa & is 25 km north north west of the Rosh Pinah mine, an oxidic zinc deposit, the main ore being sauconite. The host rock is folded metamorphosed arkose, interbedded with tuff and underlain by a non-mineralized limestone.

"Opened in 2000 and operated by Anglo American Corporation, this US$454 million mining operation is expected to produce 150,000 tonnes of high grade zinc per year over a life of at least 15 years.
It is the largest investement in Namibia since independence, and is expected to contribute up to 4% to Namibia's GDP."

Mineral List

'Apatite'
Atacamite
Azurite
Baryte
Calcite
Chalcocite
Chalcophanite
Chalcopyrite
Chrysocolla
Covellite
Galena
Greenockite
Gypsum
Hemimorphite
Hetaerolite
Hydrohetaerolite
Hydrozincite
Malachite
Paratacamite
Pseudomalachite
'Psilomelane'
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Romanèchite
Sauconite
Scholzite
Skorpionite (TL)
'Smectite Group'
Smithsonite
Sphalerite
Tarbuttite
Zincolibethenite


33 entries listed. 30 valid minerals. 1 type locality (valid mineral).

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References

Borg, G., Karner, K., Buxton, M., Armstrong, R., Schalk van der Merwe, W. (2003): Geology of the Skorpion supergene zinc deposit, southern Namibia. Economic Geology, 98: 749-771.

Jahn, S. (2007): Tarbuttit von der Skorpion Zink Mine, Namibia. Mineralien-Welt 18 (4): 56-66 (in German)

Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2008): Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern: 253 (in English)

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