|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.
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Kopylova, M.G., Gurney, J.J., and Daniels, L.R.M. (1997) Mineral inclusions in diamonds from the River Ranch kimberlite, Zimbabwe. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology: 129: 366-384.
Kopylova, M.G., Rickard, R.S., Kleyenstueber, A., Taylor, W.R., Gurney, J.J., and Daniels, L.R.M. (1997) First occurrence of strontian K-Cr loparite and Cr-chevkinite in diamonds. Russian Geol. Geophys.: 38: 405–420 (English translation from Geol. Geofiz.).
Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 90.
Field, M., Stiefenhofer, J., Robey, J., and Kurszlaukis, S. (2008) Kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits of southern Africa: A review. Ore Geology Reviews: 34: 33-75.