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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Clinochrysotile (formerly known as chrysotile) is named from Greek words chrysos meaning 'gold' and tilos for 'fibre'. It is the most common form of asbestos. It is now considered a severe health hazard, with its claim to fame being once widely used as a fire retardant and widely used in fireproof textiles.

Distribution: Great Karas Mountain and Keetmanshoop District serpentinites. It also occurs in the Rehoboth District and near the old Gorob copper mine.

Composition: Silicate.

Crystal system: Monoclinic.

Lustre: Silky.

Streak: White.

Hardness: 2.5.

Alte Kalkofen Lodge

80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms. Boasts the largest collection of lithops in Namibia

Birds Mansion

A popular establishment in the southern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop

Canyon Hotel

A large air-conditioned hotel in Keetmanshoop. A useful stop en-route to the Fish River Canyon and South Africa

Keetmanshoop Central Lodge

Good facilities make this an excellent overnight choice

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park

The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices

Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp

Close to the Quiver Tree Forest this is a popular choice

Hotels in Luderitz