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River Ranch Mine, Beitbridge District, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe

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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.


Mineral List


16 valid minerals.

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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Archean
2500 - 4000 Ma



ID: 3191072
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. [154]

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References

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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.

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