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View of Nyamaneche Hill, Horseshoe Section

Grid Ref (WGS84 Lat/Long in decimal degrees)

-16.767398, 30.857719
A road-side stop on the Gurungwe Gap Road (to Tengenenge) off the road from Mvurwi to Guruve
Great Dyke Erosion Surfaces

A road-side stop between Mvurwi and Guruve to view Nyamaneche hill from the west side.


Note the following:

1.       This stop shows, in the distance, Nyamaneche hill at the southern end of the Horseshoe section which is offset from the Mpinge section by the Gurungwe fault.

2.       Nyamaneche hill is a rounded serpentinite massif with intermittently exposed cliffs at elevations of ca. 1640m beneath a tree-less silica cap of the Upper African Surface.

3.       About two kilometres to the north are two small remnants of the Upper African Surface with cliff-top elevations at ca. 1700m, indicating rapid steepening of the erosion surface to the north of Nyamaneche hill.

4.       No remnants of any planar erosion surface are found further north within the Horseshoe section.

Field Guide:-

Further Reading: 
1) Zimbabwe Geological Survey Bulletin 90 - The Erosion Surfaces of Zimbabwe, L.A Lister 1987. 2) Landscape Evolution, Regolith Formation and Nickel Laterite Develoment in the Northern part of the Great Dyke, Zimbabwe, M.D. Prendergast. South African Journal of Geology, v. 116, i. 2, p. 219-240, December 2013
Author Credit: 
Martin Prendergast