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Marsfontein Mine, Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Mogalakwena, Waterberg District, Limpopo, South Africai
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Marsfontein MineMine
Mokopane (Potgietersrus)- not defined -
Mogalakwena- not defined -
Waterberg DistrictDistrict
LimpopoProvince
South AfricaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 24° South , 28° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~28km
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate


An open pit diamond mine in a small high-grade kimberlite pipe associated with a kimberlite dyke. The mine was started in 1998 as a joint venture between De Beers and Southern Era Resources, and operated until 2000 when it was mined out. During this time, 1.8 million cts were recovered from 1.03 million tons of ore.

The Marsfontein kimberlite mine located close to Mokopane in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Most kimberlites are not diamondiferous and this one was thought to be uneconomical until intensive exploration revealed a diamond-rich deposit. This was an extraordinary success story as the kimberlite was mined for only four years from 1998 - 2002, but, to quote: "This deposit, although small, repaid all capital outlay with its first 3.4 days of production. In total, some 1.826 million carats were recovered from 970 347 tonnes of kimberlite, equating to a grade of 188 carats per hundred tons of diamond". (Source: http://www.portergeo.com.au/database/mineinfo.asp?mineid=mn938)

Regions containing this locality

Somali Plate (Somalia Plate)Tectonic Plate
Transvaal, South AfricaProvince (Former)
Bushveld Complex, South AfricaComplex

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1 valid mineral.

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Diamond
Formula: C
Reference: Field, M., Stiefenhofer, J., Robey, J., and Kurszlaukis, S. (2008): Ore Geology Reviews 34, 33-75.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Diamond1.CB.10aC

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Diamond1.3.6.1C

List of minerals for each chemical element

CCarbon
C DiamondC

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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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