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The Where of Mineral Names: Tsumebite, Tsumeb Mine, Namibia

Tsumeb is the world's greatest mineral locality according to Wilson (1977). It is credited with 288 valid minerals and no less than 72 type-locality species, some of which occur only there (; accessed December 2016). Some of the species collected at Tsumeb are the finest examples known. It is therefore fitting that a mineral species, tsumebite, was named in honor of this prolific and world-famous deposit.


Dr. Bruce Cairncross, a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals, is a professor of geology at the University of Johannesburg.

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