Tourmalinised amphibolite schists of the Malaputese Group
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This is an outcrop on the main Bulawayo to Victoria Falls road, about 3 km NW from the turnoff to Gwaai River Mine (i.e., Mabale Store). Here there are schistose amphibolites which are strongly impregnated with tourmaline which occurs in the form of black acicular or prismatic crystals. This is one of many examples of tourmalinization in the schist belts of the Dete-Kamativi Inlier, often associated with quartz-muscovite and tin-bearing pegmatites that are of late Mesoproterozoic ca. 1.03 Ga age (Master et al., 2013b).