Orapa Mine, Orapa, Central District, Botswana
|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.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
4 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.
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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145 - 201.3 Ma
|Jurassic volcanic rocks|