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Namibia Minerals Gallery!



The pictures in this site are taken by The Crystall-Pocket from minerals from our own collection or from private collections from friends and family and are displayed with permission. Copyright for all pictures by The Crystall-Pocket 2006 - 2007!

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Links to other Rooms in our Virtual Mineral Museum:

Tourmaline Room - Garnet Room - Quartz Room
 
Topaz Room - Spodumen Room - Fine Minerals Room
 
Alpine Room - Namibia Room - Pakistan/Afghanistan Room



Erongo AmthystAmethyst with Phantom growth from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia
     
Nambibia, at the south west end of the African continent, is well known for its richness in minerals. Certainly, Tsumeb is the most famous location there. However, the Erongo Mountains near the Brandtberg-complex, produce excellent specimens, such as this wonderful Amthyst. It shows lighter and darker zones, which display "crystals in the crystal". This phenomeneon is called phantom crystal.


Cerrusite from TsumebCerussite (Lead Carbonate)
Tsumb, Namibia



Azurite from TsumebAzurite, one of the most famous Copper minerals from Tsumeb, Namibia.


 
Schörl, Erongo, NamibiaAn impressive crystal of Schorl (~ 2 pounds heavy), which has a fibrous termination.
I was told that often in such fibrous terminations Schorl changes into Foitit, another variety of tourmaline



Amethyst, Erongo, NamibiaAmethyst from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia. These crystals show pronounced phantom growth with alternating Amethyst and Smokey quartz colors. Moreover, many of the Eronog specimen also show so-called "negative crystals", which is a cavity inside the crystal with the exact shape and faces of a quartz crystal. Frequently cavities inside the crystals are filles with liquids and gas (so-called bubbles that move when the crystal is turned). These fluids and gases can be analyzed in terms of growth conditions and origin.


Amethyst, Erongo, NamibiaAnother doubly terminated Amethyst from the Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia.


 
Spessartine, Namibia, Marien-RiverSpessartine Garnet (~1 cm in diameter)
from Marienfluss, Namibia

Spessartines from the Marienfluss are very similar in colour to those from California and China.


      
Please visit us again - we will add more rooms to our gallery ....
      
Links to other Rooms in our Virtual Mineral Museum:

Tourmaline Room - Garnet Room - Quartz Room
 
Topaz Room - Spodumen Room - Fine Minerals Room
 
Alpine Room - Namibia Room - Pakistan/Afghanistan Room