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Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 10° 44' 26'' South , 25° 22' 32'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -10.74083,25.37556
Other regions containing this locality:Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
Central Africa
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Katanga Copper Crescent


Opencast mine started in 1978. The mine is called Mashamba West since there is another open cut working further east (Mashamba East mine). The latter is much less interesting from a mineralogical point of view.

When the Kamoya II South Mine was still a secret location, many specimens of its Carrollite crystals have been falsely attributed to this locality as well as to Kamfundwa and other places.

The report of some of the uranium minerals at this location seems to be a mistake for the Musonoi Mine located to the North of this locality.

Mineral List


25 valid minerals. 6 erroneous literature entries.

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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Neoproterozoic
541 - 1000 Ma



ID: 1377177
Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Description: Katangan - Lufilian Arc

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License



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References

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Mineralogical Record (1989) 20(5): 348.
Rocks & Minerals (1989) 64: 505.
Lhoest, J.J., Gauthier, G.J. and King, V.T. (1991) Famous mineral localities: the Mashamba West Mine Shaba Zaïre, Mineralogical Record: 22(1): 13-20, 28.
Lapis (1992) 17(3): 13-40.

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