29°32´30" east longitude, 17°33´ south latitiude [ map ]
Sanyati ore deposit, Kadoma, Zimbabwe, Afrika
Personal relationship of donor
Contribution to a BGR research project in order to clarify the genesis of the ore deposit.
Historical relevance of location
The Sanyati ore deposit was found in 1910 by detection of pre-colonial slags. Early mining attempts failed.
Political relevance of location
Sanyati can contribute to Zimbabwe\\\'s copper demand.
Ethical relevance of location
The Sanyati ore bodies are overgrown by an unusual flora of metal resistant plants, which should be protected.
Emotional relevance of location
For a mineralogist Sanyati means a scientific challenge because of its many different minerals
Geological relevance of location
Sanyati is a stratabound polymetallic ore deposit within the Piriwiri group of sediments with 35 m of oxide ores above sulfide ores. Mining of the oxide ore started in 1995 with modern extraction technology, which allows economic mining.
Classification of the earth
crushed oxide ore with chrysocolla and goethite
light green - brown
Proterozoic, about 2 Billion years old
Enrichment of about 20 elements
Dipl.-Min. Ulrich K. Vetter,
Federal Institute for Geo-sciences and Natural Resources,