Abstract

The Kliphoek Granite is a mesocratic, porphyritic post-tectonic granite in the western Namaqualand sector of the Mesoproterozoic Namaqua-Natal Belt. It was mapped as one of 26 different types of granite of the Spektakel Suite by Council for Geoscience geologists. The granite is differentiated from other members of the suite on grounds of its greenish colour, dark-brown weathering outcrops and stubby phenocrysts. Its composition is that of a lesser evolved, shoshonitic monzogranite with no evidence of metamorphism. It has been dated at 1078 ± 5 Ma and 1060 ± 9 Ma. The granite is mined for dimension stone (Verde Bitterfontein).

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