Skip Navigation

September-October 2017

Print
Email
ResizeResize Text: Original Large XLarge

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 (Mindat.com; 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.

The full text of this article is available by subscription only.

In this Issue

Taylor & Francis Group

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group · 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA · 19106