35 South African Mineral Species Identified in New Book
The Bushveld Complex is world famous for its spectacular geology and platinum-chromium deposits. It covers an area of approximately 65 000 km2 and is therefore the largest layered complex in the world. It is equally well-known for its diverse platinum-group mineralogy. Apart from these minerals, the Bushveld Complex is a source of secondary mineralization as well. A new book, “Microminerals of the Bushveld Complex”, published by the Council for Geoscience and co-authored by Prof Bruce Cairncross from the Department of Geology at UJ, for the first time documents over 170 of these minerals and provides a host of other information as well. One major contribution of the research that culminated in this book is the quantitative identification of 35 mineral species identified for the first time from South Africa.