Moonstone; the June Birthstone  Moonstone is one of the three colorful stones used to celebrate the month of June in the gemstone world alongside pearls and alexandrite. This popular gemstone belongs to the feldspar group of minerals and is composed of orthoclase feldspar with a small amount of albite feldspar. It has a chemical formula of (Na,K)AlSi3O8, where Na and K represent the sodium and potassium ions that substitute for

Impacts of Covid-19 on ASM Operations in Kenya

Article shared jointly on http://delvedatabase.org and Mining Hub Africa At the moment, it is true to say that almost each of us has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been forced to adapt to a new way of life as governments fight to flatten the notorious infection curve. Our resilience has been tested by an enemy invisible to the naked eye, with many sectors of the economy struggling

Impacts of Covid-19 on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining: Case study Kilifi County Kenya

COVID-19: The Fate of Manganese Artisanal and Small Scale Miners in Kilifi The impacts of COVID-19 in the mining industry have been immediate and immense. The effects vary in magnitude from the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to large scale mining companies in Kenya. Whereas its implication was anticipated to be minimal at the start, the virus has put everyone in scare mode and mine development plans have in one

Volcanic Islands of Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana Africa is slowly splitting apart in the eastern part of the continent and has created a rift valley. For now, faults and volcanic dams along the rift valley have created a number of basins that are mostly occupied by lakes. One of these lakes is Lake Turkana; an alkaline lake located in Northern Kenya. The lake holds many titles; it’s nicknamed “The Jade Sea” owing to the greenish-blue

The Eye of the Sahara (Mauritania)

The Africa geological wonder in Mauritania The massive 40-kilometer diameter circular structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is also known as the Richat Structure or Guell al-Richat. Appearing in a largely featureless desert, this geological marvel resembles an enormous bull’s eye gazing into space from the middle of the Sahara. This huge inverted dome which is actually visible from space, was initially thought to be the result of an