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Amethyst Buying, Tafelkop, Brandberg Area, Erongo, Namibia 2011

In 2011 Mark Kielbaso of Mine Rat Minerals got the opportunity to travel to the Tafelkop Area in the Goboboseb Mountains, about 35 kilometers from the Brandberg Mountains, looking for Amethyst specimens that come from the host basalt. Mark was invited to visit the mining area claimed by Monty Van Der Smit, who runs a local crew of miners, and at the end of a hard day ended up camping out at the famous The White Lady guesthouse and restaurant.

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Adamite and Wulfenite Collecting Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, México

Mark Kielbaso on the Washington A. Roebling Suspension bridge at Ojuela, which was constructed in 1862..

In the late fall of 1998 Stan Esbenshade and I got the chance to spend five days underground in the Ojuela mine in Mapimi Mexico looking at and digging in the various chimneys there. We were there to check on the progress of one of the crystal extraction crews working for Top Gem Minerals in the San Judas Chimney looking for the purple adamite that Mike New had worked on in 1981.

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