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Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

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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): -15.27167,35.30139
GeoHash:G#: kv3157csj
Locality type:Mountain
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet

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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57 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

Regional Geology

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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Cretaceous - Jurassic
66 - 201.3 Ma

ID: 3308442

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 201.3 Ma)

Lithology: Plutonic

Reference: Thiéblemont, D. (ed.). New edition of the 1:10,000,000 geological map of Africa. CGMW-BRGM. [190]

Stenian - Ectasian
1000 - 1400 Ma

ID: 3185488
Mesoproterozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1400 Ma)

Comments: Mozambique Belt

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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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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