Marsfontein Mine, Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Mogalakwena, Waterberg District, Limpopo, South Africai
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|Mokopane (Potgietersrus)||- not defined -|
|Mogalakwena||- not defined -|
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|Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.|
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||24° South , 28° East (est.)|
|Margin of Error:||~28km|
|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 Africa||Province (Former)|
|Bushveld Complex, South Africa||Complex|
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| ⓘ Diamond|
Reference: Field, M., Stiefenhofer, J., Robey, J., and Kurszlaukis, S. (2008): Ore Geology Reviews 34, 33-75.
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS|
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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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