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Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa
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Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa

 (JPG) Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa (1,736,855 bytes) ( 3,414 x 2,546 )
The Bushveld Igneous Complex (BIC) is a large layered igneous intrusion within the earth’s crust, exposed at the edge of the Transvaal Basin in South Africa. The complex contains the world’s largest reserves of the platinum group metals, platinum, palladium, osmium, indium, rhodium and rhenium, along with vast quantities of iron, tin, chromium, titanium and vanadium (Wikipedia). Numerous mines, tailings piles, and leach ponds are shown in blue in the ASTER image. The image was acquired October 24, 2006, covers an area of 38 by 52 km, and is located at 25.6 degrees south latitude, 27.4 degrees east longitude.

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Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa
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