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

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 26° South , 16° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~73km

The Skorpion mine, located about 40 km north of the Orange River, the border between Namibia and South Africa & is 25 km north-northwest of the Rosh Pinah mine, an oxidic zinc deposit, the main ore being sauconite. The host rock is folded metamorphosed arkose, interbedded with tuff and underlain by a non-mineralized limestone.

"Opened in 2000 and operated by Anglo American Corporation, this US$454 million mining operation is expected to produce 150,000 tonnes of high-grade zinc per year over a life of at least 15 years.
It is the largest investment in Namibia since independence, and is expected to contribute up to 4% to Namibia's GDP."

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Borg, G., Karner, K., Buxton, M., Armstrong, R., Schalk van der Merwe, W. (2003): Geology of the Skorpion supergene zinc deposit, southern Namibia. Economic Geology, 98: 749-771.

Jahn, S. (2007): Tarbuttit von der Skorpion Zink Mine, Namibia. Mineralien-Welt 18 (4): 56-66 (in German)

Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2008): Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern: 253 (in English)

Niedermayr. G. (2012): Die Skorpion-Mine, Weltklasse-Mineralien aus der Wüste Namibias. Mineralien-Welt, 23 (6), 68-75 (in German).

Hinder, G. (2015): Sensationeller Neufund von Churchit-(Y) aus der Skorpion Zink Mine in Namibia. Mineralien-Welt, 26 (3), 28-29.

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