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Duncan Miller

The faceting articles published over the past few years in the Mineral Chatter have been compiled into a single 128 page document, available for download for those interested in saving all the articles together. To download the pdf file click here.

A 29,18 ct cuprite from Onganja, Namibia, cut by Duncan Miller and now in a private collection in Germany.

Browsing Archive: December, 2020

SAMS outing to the Springbok area, September 2020

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Lesley Andrews

Jubilee copper slag dump, near Concordia

Towards the end of September, Richard and I met up with some members of SAMS (South African Micromount Society) in the Northern Cape. The Society is based in Gauteng, and the trip included site visits en route from Johannesburg. The Chairman of SAMS, Patrick Barrier, and Linda Stone, the President of FOSAGAMS, also joined the outing.

In the Northern Cape we stayed in accommodation at Springbok and Nababeep. This area is well-known for cop...

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Springbok Recce: Geology, Mining Heritage (and Wild Flowers)

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Friday, December 4, 2020,

By Peter Rosewarne

Figure 1 The Matzikammaberg at Vanrhynsdorp

This trip had its beginnings during the Lockdown with reading up on some books on South Africa’s mining heritage, geological sites and geological journeys. With the relaxation of travelling restrictions and reports of a bumper flower season in Namaqualand, I decided on the spur of the moment to do a trip to the Springbok area, which is rich in sites of geological and mining interest. My wife and I were going to go but, in the we...

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