The diamonds occurring in marine gravels along the West Coast originated from kimberlites intruded into the interior of South Africa during the Cretaceous period, between 80 and 120 million years ago. Since the Late Cretaceous, erosion resulting from continental uplift has removed an estimated 1400m of the kimberlite pipes and surrounding country rocks. The bulk of the erosion took place during the Late Cretaceous and little denudation of the southern African interior occurred during the Tertiary.
Jun 07, 2018nbsp018332Ekapa Mining has made available about 400 hectares of land to the group, where they have dug deep furrows and holes in search for diamonds, using makeshift tools.
Tectonic uplift, differential erosion rates and climatic aridification resulted in the so called Kalahari River proto Orange River capturing the headwaters of the Karoo and by the end of the Miocene the modern Orange River drainage system was established and would have acted as the principal transport route for diamonds to reach the coast. Secondary river courses, such as the Buffels and Swartlintjies Rivers, which were far more active during the past, have cut back into the old interior land surfaces and reworked fossil gravels.
This latitudinal change in the palaeo-drainage pattern of major river systems flowing to the west coast during the Cretaceous and the Tertiary together with powerful wave action and longshore drift, have produced diamondiferous deposits along the length of the west coast from south of the Olifants River to the present day Orange River as well as along the Namibian coast at least as far north as Conception Bay.
The size and quantity of wave-transported diamonds decreases away from palaeo-river mouths which have acted as point sources for the gems. The tailing off is much more gradual northward from the river mouths than southward, this being attributed to strong northward directed longshore drift.
Exploration for marine alluvial diamonds both onshore and in the surf zone, shows that there are preferential localities in which marine sedimentary deposits have higher probabilities of containing diamonds. These include gullies, potholes and bedrock depressions, all of which are associated with marine wave-cut terraces. Palaeo drainage channels, the southern side of headlands and wave abraided terraces all have higher probabilities of containing diamonds.
Diamonds have a higher specific gravity than most common minerals. Consequently, they are generally found close to the bedrock and are deposited in high-energy environment sediments containing pebbles, cobbles and boulders. These sediments commonly owe their existence to storm beach deposits along the base lines of low cliffs that back wave cut terraces.
The discovery of alluvial diamonds in the unique secondary deposits of the Middle Orange River downstream of Hopetown in South Africa in 1867 was the catalyst that initiated the development of the mining industry in Southern Africa. But compared with its heyday between the 1990s and early 2000s, todays junior diamond mining sector is but a shadow of its former self, says the South African.
De Beers is showing it is strongly of the opinion that the Northern Cape could reveal undiscovered diamond deposits. It has applied for 52 prospecting rights in the area.
The Source of Our Diamonds . A vast resource of 90-95 gem-quality diamonds exists off the west coast of Southern Africa. The diamonds occurring in marine gravels along the West Coast originated from kimberlites intruded into the interior of South Africa during the Cretaceous period, between 80 and 120 million years ago.
There are wide-ranging concerns about the environmental impacts of coffer dam mining on the 330km Northern Cape coastline, where state-owned Alexkor and West Coast Resources in which.
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K K imberley, thanks to the fevered diamond rush of the 1870s, has a glittering past. If youre a history buff, then youll know that South Africa has its past rooted in the ground and this historic little town, the capital of the Northern Cape province is lovingly known as the Diamond City.
LAND REHABILITATION The Northern Cape, primarily desert, has an especially delicate landscape. We, therefore, rehabilitate all the mines. Mine rehabilitation is the restoration of the post-mined landscape to its intended post-mining land use.
Unfortunately most of this coast is taken up by diamond mining industries. Rough conditions usually prevent any exploration of the deep waters found here. However, there has long been a group of diamond divers that patrol Northern Capes waters, searching for diamonds.
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Alluvial diamonds were discovered in 1859 in South Africa and in 1869 mining of the hard rock sources of diamonds started at Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The biggest and most precious diamond ever found was discovered in 1905 by Frederick Wells, Manager of the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa.
Old headgear at the Kimberley Mine in the Northern Cape. The TauTona Mine in Carletonville, Gauteng is the worlds deepest mine. It is 3,9 km deep and has 800 km of tunnels. Working this deep underground is very dangerous. It is very hot, up to 55176C. To be able to work there, the air is constantly cooled to about 28 176C using air-conditioning.
Zama-zamas in Northern Capes diamond fields have been set on a path to normalisation after being granted permits in 2018. But for the rest, constant raids by police and the Department of.
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Diamonds. The vast majority of the countrys 403 diamond mines are terrestrial and fall either in the Northern Cape or North West. Diamonds are one of the easiest types of mines to rehabilitate, Krause said, adding that some sites have been rehabilitated to become game parks.
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Illegal diamond mining in the Northern Cape exposes the major flaw in, and the superficial narrowness of, the Kimberley Process for the international diamond trade.
Dec 20, 2011nbsp018332The De Beers Mining Company offers two 42154 tours that venture into restricted and otherwise inaccessible areas of the Diamond Coast still actively mined for diamonds and other mineral resources. Only recently opened up to the public, these areas were all but unknown.
May 15, 2013nbsp018332With its capital in the old diamond-mining town of Kimberley, Northern Cape is 362 591.41km178 in size, making it the largest province in South Africa. It has a population of approximately 1.058-million. Stepping into Kimberley.
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