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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Cassiterite occurs in many tin-bearing granites often in pegmatites. This mineral is named after the Greek word for tin, which is 'kassiteros'. Grouping is either botryoidal or reniform. Tin is used for assisting the properties of other materials in solder, brass and bronze alloys and in the manufacture of tinfoil and a variety of pesticides.

Distribution: There are 4 tin belts located in central Namibia, running north to east from Brandberg West to Goantagab and Uis to Cape Cross and south to west from Kohero to Nainais and Omaruru to Erongo and on to Sandamap.

Composition: Oxide.

Crystal system: Tetragonal.

Lustre: Adamantine, vitreous.

Streak: Grey-brown, white.

Hardness: 6-7.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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