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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: The Greeks used graphite as a crayon thousands of years ago and called it graphein meaning 'to write'. Platy crystals are usually black to silvery-black. The main use is for pencil lead as well as brake linings, batteries, refractory bricks and carbon brushes.

Distribution: The metamorphic rocks 20km south-west of Otjiwarongo contain small flakes of graphite. A graphite mine did operate 60km east of Aus.

Composition: Native element.

Crystal system: Hexagonal.

Lustre: Metallic, dull, earthy.

Streak: Black.

Hardness: 1-2.

Bahnhof Hotel

A lovely country hotel in the small village of Aus

Eagles Nest Lodge

Self-catering, rock bungalows on the Klein Aus Vista property. As Eagles Nest has no restaurant facilities guests are welcome to use the restaurant at Desert Horse Inn. This is a beautiful place to spend a few nights enjoying the beauty of southern Namibia

Desert Horse Inn

Named after the desert horses which are one of the main reasons for visiting the area, this is the more main stream lodge on the Klein Aus Vista property

Hotels in Luderitz