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Ghundao hill, Katlang, Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (North-West Frontier Province), Pakistan

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 34° 23' 57'' North , 72° 6' 8'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 34.3992209757, 72.1021457672
Other regions containing this locality:Asia

Ghundao Hill is an isolated hill in Shamozai Valley, 5 Km NNE of Katlang village.
The hill is conformed by Silurian-Devonian aged carbonated rocks crossed by coarse-grained calcite and quartz veins, a few of them containing euhedral topaz crystals up to 3 cm.
The attractive pink color of some topaz from this locality is caused by trace amounts of the Cr3+ ion.
Topaz-bearing veins were discovered in the seventies and currently are almost exhausted.

The topaz from this locality is often referred to as topaz from Katlang.

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9 valid minerals.

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M. Qasim Jan (1979) Topaz Occurrence in Mardan, North-West Pakistan. Mineralogical Magazine 43:175-176.

Edward Gübelin, Giorgio Graziani, A. H. Kazmi (1986) Pink Topaz of Pakistan, Gems & Gemology, Fall 1986, Vol. 22, No. 3, pag 140-151.

Morteani, G. & Voropaev, A. (2007): The pink topaz-bearing calcite, quartz, white mica veins from Ghundao Hill (North West Frontier Province, Pakistan): K/Ar age, stable isotope and REE data. Mineralogy and Petrology 89, 31-44.

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