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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Cerussite is derived from the Latin cerussa which means 'white lead'. The heaviness and characteristic snowflake type twinned crystals are 2 of their main features. Although usually white to grey or colourless, the addition of other minerals or elements can change the colour to green, black, red or blue crystals.

Distribution: Common at (the now defunct) Tsumeb Mine Vanadium deposits at Berg Aukas had white cerussite crystals. Also found at the Kombat Mine and at the Ai-Ais Lead Mine, the Uitsab Vanadium Mine and the Namib Lead Mine.

Composition: Carbonate.

Crystal system: Orthorhombic.

Lustre: Resinous, adamantine.

Streak: White.

Hardness: 3-3.5.

Alte Kalkofen Lodge

80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms and boasts the largest collection of lithops in namibia

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