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Orapa Mine, Orapa, Central District, Botswana

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 18' 24'' South , 25° 22' 12'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.30694,25.37000
Owned/operated by:Debswana Diamond Company Ltd
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate


Open cast diamond mine, owned by Debswana, a 50:50 joint venture of De Beers and the Botswanan government. The mine works two pipes; the northern (older) one was discovered in 1967 by De Beers geologists using traditional heavy-mineral sampling. Production started in 1971. The mine is currently one of the largest diamond producers. In 2004, it produced 16.9 million carats, which was about 15% of the world production.

Located about 250 km west of Francistown.


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Mineral List


4 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Jurassic
145 - 201.3 Ma



ID: 1381037
Jurassic volcanic rocks

Age: Jurassic (145 - 201.3 Ma)

Comments: May include hypabyssal intrusions.

Lithology: Volcanic rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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References

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Mining Annual Review (1985) 147 & 415.
Morris, N. (2005) Diamonds and other gems. Appleseed Editions Ltd, East Sussex.
Field, M., Stiefenhofer, J., Robey, J., and Kurszlaukis, S. (2008) Kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits of southern Africa: A review. Ore Geology Reviews 34, 33-75.

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