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Erongo Mountain, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 40' South , 15° 40' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.66667,15.66667
GeoHash:G#: kk5hsx8ne
Locality type:Mountain
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The Erongo Mountain is 20 km north of the town of Usakos. Usakos is 140 km from Swakopmund on the highway between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The Erongo mountain is 65 km in diameter and stretches from Usakos to the town of Omaruru in the north.

NOTE on the mineral list: Foitite has been identified by Prof. Al Falster (unpublished results) as fibrous aggregates (see http://www.mindat.org/mesg-7-295831.html).

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59 valid minerals.

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Gevers, T.W. and Frommurze, H.F. (1929). The tin-bearing pegmatites of the Erongo Area, South-West Africa. Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa, volume 32, 111-149.
Cairncross, B. and U. Bahmann (2006) Famous Mineral Localities: The Erongo Mountains Namibia. Mineralogical Record 37, 361-470.
Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern, 292-332 pp. (in English)
Cairncross, B., van Niekerk, H., Reinke, C. and Bahmann, U. (2010). Raspite from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia. Rocks & Minerals, 85, 272-274.
Lensing-Burgdorf, M., Watenphul, A., Schlüter, J., Mihailova, B. (2016): Crystal chemistry of tourmalines from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia, studied by Raman spectroscopy. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, (in press)
Lum, J.E. (2017). A mineralogical and geochemical characterisation of beryl from Southern Africa. PhD thesis. University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 308 pages [Features analyses of Erongo Mountain beryl].

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