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Rosh Pinah Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia

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A zinc-lead-silver mine owned by South African Iron & Steel Corp.
The deposit is of Neoproterozoic age and its genesis is closely related to the Rosh Pinah graben. The ore is stratabound and hosted in the Rosh-Pinah Formation (also known as Kapok Formation).
Discovered in 1963; production began in 1969.

Known for well-formed yellowish baryte crystals.

The name Rosh Pinah comes from Hebrew & means 'corner stone'. It is situated 165 km south of Aus, 70 km NE of Oranjemund & 20 km north of the Orange River, the main deposit being in the Rosh Pinah Mountain.

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Mining Annual Review (1985): 422

Daul, J., Bauer, K. & Moser, P. (1993): Bergbau in Namiba - Erfahrungen einer Studienreise. Institut für Bergbaukunde, Bergtechnik und Bergwirtschaft, Wissenschaftliche Schriftenreihe No. 3, Leoben, Austria, 130 pp (in German).

Alchin, D. J.; Moore, J. M. (2005): A review of the Pan-African, Neoproterozoic Rosh Pinah Zn-Pb deposit, southwestern Namibia. South African Journal of Geology 108, 71-86.

Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2007): Namibia. Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag, Haltern, 394 pp. (in English)

Cairncross, B. and Fraser, A. (2012) The Rosh Pinah lead-zinc mine. Rocks & Minerals, 87 (5), 398-407.

Mineralogical Record: 20(5): 397

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