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Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

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A morning view down to the Shire valley ...

Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
A morning view down to the Shire valley ...

Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 15° 16' 18'' South , 35° 18' 5'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -15.2716666667, 35.3013888889

Alkali pegmatites with unusual REE minerals. Famous for excellent and large aegirine crystals, feldspars, arfvedsonites and rare Be minerals.

Geologically part of the Chilwa Alkaline Province.

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56 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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Petersen, O. V., Grosmann, M. (1994) Some Pegmatite Minerals from the Zomba District, Malawi, Mineralogical Record, 25, 29-38.

Petersen, O.V., Rønsbo, J.G. & Leonardsen, E.S. (1994) Hingganite-(Y) from the Zomba-Malosa complex, Malawi. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 1994, 185-192.

Cairncross, B., Messner, K & Farquharson, E. (1999) Die Pegmatite des Mount Malosa bei Zomba, Malawi. Lapis 24 (4), 22-32. (in German).

Johnson, O., Stahl, K., Petersen, O. V., Micheelsen, H. I. (1999) Structure refinement of natural non-metamict polycrase-(Y) from Zomba-Malosa complex, Malawi. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh. 1999, 1-10.

Massanek, A. (1999) Neu aus Malawi: Caysichit-(Y), Lapis 24 (4), 33.

Demartin, F., Guastoni, A. & Pezzotta, F. (2003) Barylith, Niobophyllit & yttriumreicher Milarit - Neufunde aus den Pegmatiten von Zomba-Malosa, Malawi. Lapis 28 (1), 18-21 (in German).

Guastoni A., Pezzotta F., Demartin F. (2003) Le pegmatiti di Zomba-Malosa (Malawi). Riv. Mineral. Ital., 27 (2), 66-77 (in Italian).

Diego Gatta, G., Rotiroti, N., McIntyre, G.J., Guastoni, A. & Nestola, F. (2008) New insights into the crystal chemistry of epididymite and eudidymite from Malosa, Malawi: A single-crystal neutron diffraction study. American Mineralogist 93, 1158-1165.

Guastoni, A., Nestola, F., Giaretta, A. (2009) Mineral chemistry and alteration of rare earth element (REE) carbonates from alkaline pegmatites of Mount Malosa, Malawi. American Mineralogist, 94, 1216–1222.

Guastoni, A., Kondo, D. & Nestola, F. (2010) Bastnäsite-(Ce) and Parisite-(Ce) from Mt. Malosa, Malawi. Gems & Gemology 46, 42-46.

De Ascenção Guedes, R., Lebocey, J. & Bayle (2010) Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 24-27 juin 2010. Le Règne Minéral. 94, 41-58 [on a find of apatite p. 52-54].

Rečnik, A. (2011) Eine mineralogische Expedition zum Mt. Malosa, Malawi. Mineralien Welt, 22 (6): 78-97.

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