River Ranch Mine, Beitbridge District, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||22° 10' 6'' South , 29° 53' 0'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-22.16861,29.88361|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
A diamond mine in a kimberlite pipe, owned by Auridiam Zimbabwe Pty Ltd. It was discovered by De Beers in 1974 during an exploration programme in Zimbabwe. In 1991, the property was acquired by Auridiam. Production started in 1992, and operations were gradually scaled up, but the mine was closed in 1998 due to low diamond prices. Located 12.5 km NW of Beitbridge.
16 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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2500 - 4000 Ma
|Archean crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)
Lithology: Crystalline metamorphic rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529.