Chromitites, Bushveld, Republic of South Africa

Layered chromitites are found within cumulate rocks of the Basal and Critical zones of the Bushveld complex.

Major Minerals:


Minor Minerals:

Magnetite, haematite, pentlandite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite

Trace Minerals:

Include ilmenite, rutile, pyrite, bornite, secondary violarite and millerite, platinum group minerals


Euhedral chromite grains have exsolved ilmenite and rutile inclusions aligned along (111) planes of the host chromite. Sulphides are interstitial to the chromite and show supergene alteration


Cameron, 1964; Cameron and Desborough, 1969; de Waal, 1975; McLaren and de Villiers, 1982; Hulbert and von Gruenewaldt, 1985