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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2015 03:20    Post subject: My recent trip to Namibia.  

The prime purpose of my recent trip to Namibia was to visit Heimo. We visited the old tin mine at Uis and also the Brandberg area. Please see link of his account of this visit. http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=4494
On the way to Swakopmund, the road passes through Karibib and Usakos and as these two small towns are the center of the Erongo area, I spent a few days here also. Here are a few photos and some of my observations.



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On the road, somewhere past Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa.
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A hornbill, photographed near Karibib at a roadside rest area.
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Hornbills scavaging for food from a drum at a rest area on the side of the road. On the menu was leftovers from pizza.
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A new faceting school in Karibib. The government is doing quite a bit to uplift the community.
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Teachers and pupils pose for a photo at the above school.
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One of the students showed me some of the machines.
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Computer room at the school.
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Henckert tourist centre, Karibib. This has been a wonderful place to visit through the years to view mineral specimens and mineral jewelry.
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Some friends in Karib. The owner of Henckert tourist centre in the middle.
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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2015 12:09    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

A few more photos.


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Namdeb is a small, very poor, mining community, located a few kilometres from the Neu Scwaben tourmaline mine. The mine is about 25 km from Karibib, on a bad dusty road. Besides tourmaline of all colours, interesting smoky quartz is also found.
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This small fellow, busy eating, intrigued me and I got his mom to help pose for a photo at Namdeb.
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The road to Namdeb. Do not be fooled; this road is BAD.
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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2015 12:13    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Here are a few more pictures; after that I would like to wrap up with some observations and show some specimens purchased from this trip.


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A photo taken just after sunset. I slept a night out in the desert. Note Spitzkoppe in the background.
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A typical smallminer rock shop. These are usually close to the house and often with no one there. They still trust people but often to their own loss:-(
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Spitzkoppe in the distance.
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Another view of Spitzkoppe.
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There is a neat campsite at Spitzkoppe. I think that this site has it's eyes on the overseas market and is very pricy for locals.
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A panorama photo of Spitzkoppe. The latter is a reserve, i.a.w., no digging there. The area mined for topaz is roughly SW from Spitzkoppe.
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PostPosted: Nov 02, 2015 11:36    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Some comments and observations as well as a few mineral photos from this trip. Areas like Tsumeb, Brandberg, Erongo, Karibib, Kaokoland, and Spitzkoppe, get a lot of attention while there are a number of places with interesting specimens that are seldom heard of because they are off the beaten track. As Namibia is such a large country and with mostly dust roads (some very bad), many of the more remote places are seldom visited and not many of it's specimens are seen. I once met a geologist that showed me some really nice rubies and they came from somewhere in Namibia.
I am one of those that mostly visit the same old places and buy the same old minerals. Hopefully someday, I will have the time (and money) to travel through Namibia and visit all the lesser known places.
Whenever I visit Namibia, I notice that some species are in abundance and others are hard to come by. Last time we where there, the small 'alien' fluorite from Erongo were in abundance; this time round, there were none. Some years, good schorl are few and quite pricy. At the moment, schorl is abundant, fairly cheap and of very good quality.
Most of the top specimens of species are seldom seen at the local markets as they are quickly bought by local dealers that are always on the lookout and small miners take these better specimens to these dealers. I am not complaining, as I cannot afford those anyway :-)



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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Neuschwaben Farm 73 (Neu Schwaben), Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 220 x 170 x 85 mm
 Description:
These beautiful quartzes, are a by product of the small miners search for tourmaline.
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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Neuschwaben Farm 73 (Neu Schwaben), Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 102 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Neuschwaben Farm 73 (Neu Schwaben), Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 170 x 140 x 95 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 150 x 95 x 90 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 150 x 95 x 90 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Schorl
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 90 x 62 x 22 mm
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PostPosted: Nov 02, 2015 16:25    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Hi Pierre, thank you for sharing your Namibia trip with us, nice scenery and nice specimens! I rather like the Erongo smoky quartz specimen - such a variety of crystal forms :-)
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PostPosted: Nov 03, 2015 02:56    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Hi Mike. Thank you for the comments. I did not mention that I had great difficulty getting my export permit, even though I did everything right. Was it not for a geologist working at the same building, I would still have been there. As far as I am concerned, the problem is incompetence. Best regards.


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 Mineral: Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 80 x 69 x 47 mm
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 Mineral: Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 80 x 69 x 47 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 52 x 30 x 18 mm
 Description:
This Quartz specimen is far too special for a poor photographer like me.
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 Mineral: Quartz (variiety citrine)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 08 mm
 Description:
A new find. Quartz (variiety citrine) with smoky phanthom.
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 Mineral: Opal (variety hyalite)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 12 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Opal (variety hyalite)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 61 x 58 x 47 mm
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 Mineral: Opal (variety hyalite)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 61 x 58 x 47 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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PostPosted: Nov 04, 2015 06:47    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

And a few more pictures of minerals.


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 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group)
 Locality:
Erongo Region, Namibia
 Description:
up to about 15 mm
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 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group)
 Locality:
Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 15 x 08 x 07 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 64 x 39 x 16 mm
 Description:
An unusual aquamarine specimen.
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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 64 x 39 x 16 mm
 Description:
The other side of the above specimen.
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 Mineral: Andradite (variety demantoid)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: crystals up to 6mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: Longest 28 x 09 x 08 mm
 Description:
Nice topaz crystals are hard to find.
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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine) with schorl
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: up to about 25 mm long.
 Description:
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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine) with schorl
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: up to about 22 mm
 Description:
There were quite of an abundance of small aquas this time round, especially these heavily included small crystals.
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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2015 09:39    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

A few more specimens.


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 Mineral: Beryl (variety goshenite) on Quartz.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 27 x 19 x 16 mm
 Description:
There was an abundance of these little goshenites and I love them. They have multiple generation growths and a pearly appearance.
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 Mineral: Beryl (goshenite) on Schorl.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 26 x 16 x 14 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Beryl (goshenite) on Schorl.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 33 x 30 x 22 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Beryl (goshenite) on Schorl.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 24 x 22 x 15 mm
 Description:
Typical of these goshenites is the fascinating terminations; mostly double terminated.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 69 x 26 x 18 mm
 Description:
Quartz from a new find at Erongo mountains. Some of these have amethyst and smoky colouring.
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 Mineral: Quartz with Schorl
 Locality:
Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 105 x 32 x 16 mm
 Description:
Quartz from a new find.
 Viewed:  11587 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Andradite (variety demantoid)
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 47 x 33 x 18 mm
 Description:
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PostPosted: Nov 06, 2015 09:54    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

I am concluding with 2 Brandberg specimens and an Erongo smoky quartz with unknown inclusions.


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 140 x 48 x 41 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  11480 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 65 x 16 x 13 mm
 Description:
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 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky) with unknown inclusions.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 90 x 36 x 30 mm
 Description:
The small miners pointed out to me that some of the smoky quartz crystals contained unknown mineral inclusions. Here is one of them.
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 Mineral: Quartz with unknown inclusions.
 Locality:
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: approx. 5 mm
 Description:
Here is the best close up of the inclusion.
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PostPosted: Nov 06, 2015 12:46    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Pierre,

I have really enjoyed your report and pictures from your recent trip to Namibia. I particularly like your schorl and smoky quartz, P1090332.JPG.

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PostPosted: Nov 06, 2015 14:21    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Don Lum wrote:
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I have really enjoyed your report and pictures from your recent trip to Namibia. I particularly like your schorl and smoky quartz, P1090332.JPG.

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Thank you Don; and I loved sharing it. Best regards, also to Gwen.

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PostPosted: Nov 08, 2015 09:50    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Thanks Pierre for your report on your field trip to Namibia, it looks an interesting Country. The photo's are great and I really like your last three large quartz specimens and the andradite garnet also.
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Mike Wood wrote:
Thanks Pierre for your report on your field trip to Namibia, it looks an interesting Country. The photo's are great and I really like your last three large quartz specimens and the andradite garnet also.
Best regards, Mike :-)


Hi Mike. Thank you for your kind comment. It is as I said: you need a looong holiday to explore this amazing country. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Dec 13, 2015 16:34    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Hi Pierre,

Thanks for your interesting trip report. The black unidentified crystal inclusions in the quartz
crystal you asked about appear to be hematite crystals. Inclusions in quartz are one of my favorites.

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PostPosted: Dec 13, 2015 19:40    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

The banded apatite (P1090366.JPG) looks interesting to me.

1) Does the banding tell us that it began as a tabular xtal and then grew along the c-axis and not the a-axes, adding material with varying amounts of impurities that add color?

2) Is there some sort of inclusion or void feature that runs along the c-axis?

Apatite is such a cool mineral (or group)!
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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2015 02:18    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Clifford Trebilcock wrote:
Hi Pierre,

Thanks for your interesting trip report. The black unidentified crystal inclusions in the quartz
crystal you asked about appear to be hematite crystals. Inclusions in quartz are one of my favorites.

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Hi Clifford, thank you for your interest. I also though that the black inclusion is hematite. The small miners pointed it out to me as they have not seen this before in the smoky quartz from Erongo. The include small hematite? crystals are so perfect and well formed.

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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2015 02:21    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

Matt_Zukowski wrote:
The banded apatite (P1090366.JPG) looks interesting to me.

1) Does the banding tell us that it began as a tabular xtal and then grew along the c-axis and not the a-axes, adding material with varying amounts of impurities that add color?

2) Is there some sort of inclusion or void feature that runs along the c-axis?

Apatite is such a cool mineral (or group)!


Hi Matt, I understand that apatite is not a rare mineral from the Erongo region. However, I have never encountered it on my buying trips. It is indeed a strange banding. Unfortunately my knowledge is far to poor to answer your questions. Regards.

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PostPosted: Dec 21, 2015 17:55    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

The unknown inclusions also look like they could be graphite. Superb graphite crystals in quartz crystals have been coming from Merelani. The quartz morphology for those bearing graphite crystals tend to be Herkimer-diamond-like, however. Your inclusions are close enough to the surface that it may be possible to ID them with Raman. Thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Dec 22, 2015 01:43    Post subject: Re: My recent trip to Namibia.  

John Jaszczak wrote:
The unknown inclusions also look like they could be graphite. Superb graphite crystals in quartz crystals have been coming from Merelani. The quartz morphology for those bearing graphite crystals tend to be Herkimer-diamond-like, however. Your inclusions are close enough to the surface that it may be possible to ID them with Raman. Thanks for posting.
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Hi John, Thank you for your comment. Sometime in January, I will sit down and attempt to take some more photos of this mineral and post it for possible identification. Best regards

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