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The Thabazimbi Míne Cave, Limpopo Province, South Africa

The Thabazimbi mine cave in South Africa contains fine examples of aragonite speleothems. The cave is somewhat unusual as it has no direct opening to the surface and was fortuitously discovered by accident during mining operations in the area. Thus, the cave's contents are virtually undisturbed and pristine and afford a glimpse of what original cave formations look like before being disturbed and/or damaged by human or animal activity.

Dr. Bruce Cairncross is a professor of geology at the University of Johannesburg and a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals. He has been collecting southern African minerals for more than thirty-five years and has published several books on the region's minerals and mineral localities.

Allan Fraser is an analytical chemist. His area of interest is in the minerals of the Kalahari manganese field, Phalaborwa, Vergenoeg mine, and other southern African localities. He has a special interest in the minerals of Peru and Bolivia, in particular the sulfide minerals from these countries.

Stuart MacGregor is the Principal Geologist of Exploration Projects with Kumba Iron Ore. He has been in exploration of various commodities for the past nineteen years and is responsible for all exploration activities and projects within South Africa. He has also been responsible for various Kumba Iron Ore exploration projects in a number of other countries.

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