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Quartz, Namibia

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier March 24, 2009 07:46PM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?

QuartzSiO2 trigonal

Here will go a good picture of a quartz specimen from Namibia and general remarks about the quartz from this country.

Here are some url's to some of the better quartz specimens here on mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in mosc cases are just for temporairy use untill we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be relly good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.

Brandberg area, Brandberg District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Brandberg District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Neuschwaben (Neu Schwaben), Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Otjua, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Klein Spitzkopje (Kleine Spitzkoppe) granite stock, Swakopmund, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Erongo Mountain, Usakos and Omaruru Districts, Erongo Region, Namibia

Orange River, Warmbad, Great Namaqualand, Karas Region, Namibia

Emke Mine, Ogonja (Onganja), Seeis, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, Namibia

Kaokoveld Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia

Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2012 07:56PM by Rock Currier.
Amir C. Akhavan March 26, 2009 12:07AM
Brandberg area, Brandberg District, Erongo Region, Namibia

These are all with 90% certainty Goboboseb specimen.
"Brandberg area" is correct, of course, but one could be more specific.
As far as I know, the crystal-bearing host rock at Goboboseb is a dacite.

The last one is from a miarolitic/pegmatite pocket obviously, so it is not from Goboboseb, Brandberg area is correct. It is not necessarily from within Brandberg (which is protected anyway), there are small scale miner diggings in pegmatites north-west of Goboboseb and west of the Brandberg.

Where is the Gitterquarz?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2009 12:10AM by Amir C. Akhavan.
Rock Currier March 26, 2009 09:22AM
Where is the Gitterquartz?, I have not a clue Amir, I only hope you can find it.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Debbie Woolf March 26, 2009 01:31PM
Amir, what is Gitterquartz?

I was under the impression the host rock at the Goboboseb was Basalt whereas Feldspar is the host at the Brandberg.

Amir C. Akhavan March 26, 2009 09:46PM
If you know what it is, you could still find a single Gitterquarz specimen (no "t" ) on Mindat yesterday.
Today it's gone :S :S :S
The person who uploaded it noticed it's special in some way, but didn't know what it is.
A literal translation would be lattice quartz or grid quartz.

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Debbie Woolf March 26, 2009 10:40PM
Thank You Amir ... An enjoyable read.
Amir C. Akhavan March 26, 2009 11:04PM
Thanks, Debbie.

The better of the two photos on my website.

I got to do the other photo again. It's not good.
Rock Currier March 27, 2009 02:25AM
Amir, I have a strikingly similar specimen from Namibia. A rough eaten out fledspar crystal like yours with two "wings" of quartz that stick out on each side of the same almost twinned looking crystals. A totally freaky looking specimen. I think there must be some sort of twinning or epitaxial orientation on the feldspar going on. Ill try and get a picture of it one of these day.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Amir C. Akhavan March 27, 2009 07:31PM
Rock, if you want to know what it is, just follow the link above ;)
Pierre Joubert September 15, 2010 04:12PM
Hi Rock and Amir, we specialize in Brandberg quartz and phrenite specimens and would be happy to show some of our better specimens. My wife and I spend a good ammount of our time searching for crystals deposits in the Western Cape, South Africa. I am inviting you to take a look at our crystal outing blog at

Best Regards

Pierre Joubert
Dennis Tryon September 15, 2010 08:57PM

The very first link in your post points to a Chinese scorodite specimen.

Rock Currier September 21, 2010 05:40AM
Pierre, Looks like you have dug some nice specimens. If you will upload some of your pictures to mindat the chances are good that some of them will be used in the article when it is created. What is shown above is just a sort of place holder for Namibian quartz with possible images that might be used in the article.

Dennis, Sorry about the Scorodite. When I copied the link I probably did not include the first or last of the numbers of the picture.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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