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[Core at Tenke-Fungurume]
Back in the field, and then drill core at Tenke-Fungurume, Katanga Province, DRC.  -  Following the classroom lectures, the group went back into the field to further study exposed mineralisation both in outcrop and in artisanal workings. In the upper left image, is an exposure of ore in the R.S.F. (Roche Siliceuses Feuilletées) below the overlying R.S.C. (Roches Siliceuses Cellulaires). The upper central image is an outcrop of the R.S.C., illustrating the siliceous-cellular texture of the weathered rock from which it derives it's name. The upper right image is the cobalt flower that frequently grows over sub-cropping cobalt-copper mineralisation. The lower image is of the group studying and discussing the range of drill core that had been laid out in the Tenke-Fungurume core facility, cutting the different ore types and host lithologies.
  The core inspection had to finally be terminated so the group could return to the airport in time for take-off so the aircraft could land at Kolwezi, disembark the group and get out of Kolwezi again before dark, as that airport has no lights.
  The visit had been excellent and the group had a memorable, professionally rewarding day.   Photographs by Mike Porter.

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