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Betafite (of Hogarth 1977) from
Rössing uranium mine, Arandis, Erongo Region, Namibia

Locality type:Mine
Species:Pyrochlore Supergroup var: Betafite (of Hogarth 1977)
Comments:betafite occurs as small octahedral to subrounded, isolated, dodecahedral crystals or clusters of crystals up to 2 cm in size,
although commonly of 1-3 mm diameter in the Goanikontes area. Typically, betafite is greenish brown or yellowish brown in colour, although it shows a range from yellowish- or greenish-brown
through grey to progressively darker colours, such as reddish brown or almost black body colour. The proportions of U, Ti, Nb, and Ta vary between betafite grains.
Validity:Believed Valid
References:Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2007): Namibia. Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag, Haltern, 343 pp. (in English); USGS Open File Report 81-1666; Irene M. Abraham (2009): Geology and spatial distribution of uranium mineralisation in the SK anomaly area, Rossing area, Namibia, Master thesis University of the Witwatersrand.
Mineral Data:Click here to view Betafite (of Hogarth 1977) data
Locality Data:Click here to view Rössing uranium mine, Arandis, Erongo Region, Namibia
Nearest other occurrences of Betafite (of Hogarth 1977)
22.8km (14.2 miles) Valencia deposit, Arandis, Erongo Region, Namibia
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