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Riebeckite

Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Named after the German explorer and rock collector, Emil Riebeck. A German chemist named them 'blau-eisenstein' or blue ironstone before being renamed crocidolite shortly afterwards. This mineral becomes brown and brittle after weathering and the silicification of its weathered fibres forms 'tiger's eye', a quartz variety.

Distribution: Found on farm Groot Aub 267 in the Rehoboth District.

Composition: Silicate.

Crystal system: Monoclinic.

Lustre: Vitreous, silky.

Streak: Blue-grey.

Hardness: 5.

Lake Oanob

A selection of rooms and bungalows surround this large lake. This is a good place to stay if you are looking for complete relaxation, perhaps at the end of the trip before driving to the Windhoek International Airport (which is about 1.5 hours drive away)

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