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Quartz, Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier March 24, 2009 08:00PM
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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 the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) 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.

QuartzRepublic of Congo (Brazzaville)

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2012 08:05PM by Rock Currier.
Peter Haas April 16, 2009 06:29PM

If you read the caption, you'll notice that this photo was uploaded to the wrong locality by Mr. L (and that there's probably no quartz worth to be mentioned from this country at all).

Rock Currier April 16, 2009 07:22PM
I didn't notice what you pointed out but hope would have if I had actually started to write the article. Further confusing is that the locality specified in the caption and the locality string are different. Congo Brazzaville is entirely different from Congo (Zaire). And, who knows, it might not be from either place. I tend to cut Mr. L some slack. He has employees upload the vast majority of his images which at this time total more than 10,000 I think? Mindat would be a much poorer place without his contribution. I have heard that he doesn't get much business from this great effort he has made to up load pictures here on mindat and that he gets more actual"conversions" from from the Vug. But certainly both Congo (Brazzaville) and the PRC certainly have decent quartz localities. It is just that the politics of those areas make it difficult for collectors and dealers to move about and gather specimens. In Sainte-Marie-Aux Mins I found a congenial dealer that had a great old grandfathered? location under a nice shade tree where he parked his vehicle. Sat on the tail gait with him and we talked about the various places in the world we had been etc. Finally he pulled out the best dioptase I had ever seen from Congo Brazzaville. It was a geode like affair and it had a few fine shiny transparent pyramidal quartz crystals in it along with the dioptase. What I found even more amazing than that is that we have pictures of quartz from only about 65 countries out of all the countries of the world. That tells me that there are a lot of good quartz localities out there that we know nothing about.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Peter Haas April 17, 2009 09:05AM
"Further confusing is that the locality specified in the caption and the locality string are different. Congo Brazzaville is entirely different from Congo (Zaire)."
This is just what I was pointing out. This suggests that the uploader did mix things up.

And yes, "Congo Brazzaville" has produced amazing stuff, e.g.
Rock Currier April 17, 2009 09:17PM
Peter, I have a friend who works for an exploration company that has a prospecting permit for Reneville. They bought two 4x4s and shipped them to Brazzaville so their man on the ground could get around. He thinks that M'Passa and several other deposits there will definitely make mines when and if the political situation changes enough to allow mining. Things have been trickling out for years. Its a rough part of the world to try and do business in. I think that Congo, Brazzaville will be a prolific producer of specimens in the years to come.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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