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Geological map of Lesotho

Inspecting a pocket.

Butha-Buthe District, Lesotho
Geological map of Lesotho

Inspecting a pocket.

Butha-Buthe District, Lesotho
Geological map of Lesotho

Location is approximate, based on center of defined region.
Latitude & Longitude: 29° South , 28° East (est.)
Area:30,355 km2
Name(s) in local language(s):Lesotho (Basutoland)

Basutoland was a British protectorate for the first part of the 20th century. On 1966-10-04, it became independent under the name of Lesotho.
It is an enclave — entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded from this region.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

23 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Note: this is a very new system on and data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

Rock list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

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Localities in this Region

This page contains all mineral locality references listed on This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.


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Rhodes, R.C. and Krohn, D.H. (1972). Tectonic control over regional geochemical variation in the Karroo basaltic Province of Southern Africa. Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa, 75(1), 11-21.
Dunlevey, J.N., Ramluckan, V.R. and Mitchell, A.A. (1993). Secondary mineral zonation in the Drakensberg Basalt Formation, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 96(4), 215-220. (Note: Although article states South Africa, Lesotho is featured).
Maud, R.R., Partridge,T. C., Dunlevey, J.N. (1998). The Lesotho 'volcanic' event of February 1983. South African Journal of Geology, 101(4), 313-322.
Moore, A.E. Lock, N.P. (2001). The origin of mantle-derived megacrysts and sheared peridotites-evidence from kimberlites in the northern Lesotho - Orange Free State (South Africa) and Botswana pipe clusters. South African Journal of Geology, 104(1), 23-38.

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