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Is Kambaba Jasper a Stromatolite?
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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2017 14:12    Post subject: Re: Is Kambaba Jasper a Stromatolite?  

Hey Marco,

Thanks for your detailed reply regarding Kambaba/Kabamba Jasper, it's so much more than I expected and it seems to offer a logical explanation as to why there's so much confusion about it.

One think I'm curious about is you say Kabamby Ocean Jasper is often confused with Kabamba Jasper which is from the area of Kabamba in the west central Bongolava region of central Madagascar and it's also commonly spelt as Kambaba but having looked at several maps of Madagascar and having also searched online, I can find no mention at all of any place by the name of Kabamba or Kambaba anywhere in Madagascar.

Before I publish anything I want to make sure I've got the facts straight so I'm hoping you can offer some further clarification on this.

Many thanks for your time and expert knowledge.

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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2017 14:54    Post subject: Re: Is Kambaba Jasper a Stromatolite?  

Hi, I worked for more than ten years in Madagascar and I understood that it is in Africa and it is an Island, two factors making it quite different. In Mada there is one city, Taná, the capital and 4 roads. One goes North, one South, West and East. It so simple.
All rough materials go towards the capital at the center of the 4 roads where people know very little about the bush. When a deposit is worked by farmers in the middle of nothing, they bring their findings at the nearest weekly market that is on one of the four roads. All material found in an area results as to have been found in a location corresponding to the name of this market.
Mount Ibity and Betafo are two location famous for tourmalines, but they are just names of market villages. They collect minerals coming from hundreds of different pegmatites and different claims.
The Kabamba Jasper comes from Tsiroanomandidy in the region called Bongolava. I never was there, but I know it is quite a small region that you can use as a location. It is more or less the size of Paris Metropolitan Area. It is better than to say that a tourmaline comes from Minas Gerais which is larger than the whole of France!
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2017 03:41    Post subject: Re: Is Kambaba Jasper a Stromatolite?  

I know where Madagascar is and I kind of getting what you’re saying but it’s difficult for me to understand that a place called Kabamba which is also known as Kambaba doesn't appear on any maps and there’s no mention of it on any official website on the entire internet or in any of the books that I have on Madagascar.

Before I document something as being factual I need confirmation that it really is correct and there’s no mention of this area anywhere that I can see. I've tweeted the Madagascan Tourist Office and the UK's Foreign Office to see if they can offer any further guidance.

Many thanks once again for your help. Hugely appreciated.
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