Kipushi Mine (Prince Léopold Mine), Kipushi, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||11° 46' 10'' South , 27° 14' 8'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-11.76944,27.23556|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Central Africa|
|Köppen climate type:||Cwa : Monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate|
A Zn-Pb-Cu mine featuring a suite of Zn-Pb-Cu-Fe sulfides with accessory Ga, Ge, Mo, W & V mineralization in dolomite and schist dolomite series of the Kundelunguian. Located just outside of the southern portion of the Katanga (Shaba) Cu zone/belt, 32 km SW of Lubumbashi. At depth, the deposit extends into Zambia.
Note: Rutile coming from Kinyanfumbe, Zambia, has been erroneously labeled as coming from here.
87 valid minerals. 5 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.
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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541 - 1000 Ma
|Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks|
Piret,P., Deliens, M. & Piret-Meunier, J.(1985): Occurrence and crystal structure of kipushite, a new copper-zinc phosphate from Kipushi, Zaire. Canadian Mineralogist,23, 35-42.
Lhoest, J.J. (1995): Famous mineral localities: The Kipushi mine (Zaïre). Mineralogical Record, 26, 163-192.
Kamona, A.F., Lévêque, J., Friedrich, G., and Haack, U. (1999): Lead isotopes of the carbonate-hosted Kabwe, Tsumeb, and Kipushi Pb-Zn-Cu sulphide deposits in relation to Pan African orogenesis in the Damaran-Lufilian Fold Belt of Central Africa. Mineralium Deposita 34, 273-283.
Heijlen, W., Banks, D. A., Muchez, P., Stensgard, B. M., and Yardley, B. W. D. (2008). The nature of mineralizing fluids of the Kipushi Zn-Cu Deposit, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo: quantitative fluid inclusion analysis using Laser Ablation ICP-MS and bulk crush-leach methods. Economic Geology 103, 1459-1482.
Kampunzu, A.B., Cailteux, J.L.H., Kamona, A.F., Intiomale, M.M., and Melcher, F. (2009): Sediment-hosted Zn–Pb–Cu deposits in the Central African Copperbelt. Ore Geology Reviews 35, 263-297.