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Orpheus Mine

Grid Ref (WGS84 Lat/Long in decimal degrees)

-19.095229, 29.761155
Location: 
On Penwarden Farm approximately 8 kilometres by dirt road due south of Ziscosteel.
Stratigraphy: 
Redcliff Jaspilite Formation Upper Bulawayan Group
Description: 

Orpheus Mine lies in the Iron-formation of the western limb of the Redcliff Jaspilite Formation. The ore is a hard, dense, grey haematite enclosed by, and derived from, a finely banded grey and red Iron-formation. It is believed that the ore is of hypogene origin although supergene processes have not been ruled out. The ore has formed by the leaching of silica-rich bands and possible infilling of iron. Faulting of the Iron-formation and associated clastic sediments has taken place and separates the orebody from the nearby Beacon Tor deposit. The faulting could have played a role in the ore genesis.

Permission: 
Permission required from BIMCO
Further Reading: 
P.E. Cheshire, A. Leach and S.A. Milner Zimbabwe Geological Survey Bulletin No. 86 The Geology of the Country between Gwelo and Redcliff. Salisbury 1980
Author Credit: 
Charles Castelin
Contributed: 
29/10/2014
Updated: 
29/10/2014

Tony Martin & Charles Castelin at Orpheus South.JPG

Photo Credit: 
Andrew du Toit
Photo Description: 
Tony Martin and Charles Castelin discussing the genesis of Orpheus - October 2014