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V 2012 – Madagascar, part II

 

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From Ampanihy we continued by RN 10 to Tsihombe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Strollers. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek with baobab. T. Praszkier photo.

 

And even more colorful tombs on the way. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sculptures on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sculptures on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

National Road no 10 - no, this is not a joke. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Bridge on the National Road. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Huge tombs. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sculptures on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sculptures on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unusual wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Funeral motif of the wooden carving on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Wooden statues on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

There was not too much traffic on the road. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unsual plants. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Opuntia. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the very few rivers which had not got dried, South Madagascar. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Airplane on the tomb. T. Praszkier photo.

 

This is one of my favourites - huge, brand new, grave of the Minister of Sport! T. Praszkier photo.

 

This is one of my favourites - huge, brand new, grave of the Minister of Sport! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Endemic Radiated tortoise. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek playing with the tortoise. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek playing with the tortoise. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Zebu taking bath in a small lake. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Kids playing in table football in the village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Every piece of water is very valuable. T. Praszkier photo.

 

A boat on the tomb! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Finally we arrived to Tsihombe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Tsihombe center. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Tsihombe center. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Small restaurant in Tsihombe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sunset on the streets of Tsihombe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sunset on the streets of Tsihombe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Next day we went to the Belemboky quarry - source of world`s best gem cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Belemboky quarry - the source of world`s best gem cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Belemboky quarry - the source of world`s best gem cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

  

Miner in front of cordierite-rich biotitic lens in gneisses. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Biotite with cordierite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Gneiss with cordierite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Belemboky quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rock for you? T. Praszkier photo.

 

Trimming cordierite grains from the gneiss. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Trimming cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very few white poeple come to Belemboky, so we became an interesting attraction. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Examining cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Examining cordierites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Huge cordierite with strong pleochroism. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Cordierite with strong pleochroism. T. Praszkier photo.

 

From Tsihombe we drove to Ampandandrava - a long road. Google maps.

 

We found more Radieted tortoises. T. Praszkier photo.

 

This time we took National Road no 13, not much better... T. Praszkier photo.

 

But we had done it! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek trying to be a baobab. T. Praszkier photo.

 

And "tortures" more tortoises. T. Praszkier photo.

 

It does not seem to be happy... T. Praszkier photo.

 

Madagascar roads. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Taxi-brousse stopped in Antanimora town got quickly surrounded by the sellers. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Taxi-brousse surrounded by the selleers. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Taxi-brousse sourounded by selleers. T. Praszkier photo.

 

We are arriving to Ampandandrava - location of the mine is marked. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Entrance to the Ampandandrava mining camp. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old mining bulding with a sign written on a huge phlogopite crystal! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Ampandandrava mining camp, building from 1920s. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Remiansd of the phlogopite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek on the pure phlogopite dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Drying phlogopite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Crystals are cut to remove eroded zones, as you see the production is not mechnized at all. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Fresh parts of the crystals are packed to big sacks. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Workers are paid depending on the weight of the ready phlogopite.
Finally it is used in Japan in the electronics. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old headframe and a car - remains from the French times. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Because the main engine did not work and neither did electricity we had to use our
car battery to turn it on. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Tony having fun with "urning the mine on". T. Praszkier photo.

 

Connecting... T. Praszkier photo.

 

... and it works! We can go down! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Walking down the sparkly road covered with phlogopite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old workings along phlogopite-rich lens. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the dumps. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Digging for phlogopite in the dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Fresh dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very rare view on the Madagscar - headframe of the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mining constructions.T. Praszkier photo.

 

Headframe of the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Ready to go down. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner wit a primitive carbide lamp. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mine tunnels. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek in the front of a big basic pegmatite with huge diopside crystals frozen in pink calcite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big pegmatite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big pegmatite with phlogopite crystal. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big phlogopite crystal. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Another big pegmatite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Huge diopside cryatals frozen in calcite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Ready to go up, note that the miner has no boots! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Last view to the headframe. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pegmatite on the dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pegmatite on the dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pegmatite with green diopside, pink anhydrite and orange calcite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big diopside crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

  

Selecting phlogopite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Happy Jurek with a phlogopite crystal. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Our next stop was Ihosy, but before then we had a long way ahead of us. T. Praszkier photo.

 

On our way we tried to investigate new localities. T. Praszkier photo.

 

But we did not find much apart from beautiful views. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek on savanna. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Savanna. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Village lost on the savanna - people were shocked to see us. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Village lost on the savanna - people were shocked to see us. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Village lost on the savanna - people were shocked to see us. T. Praszkier photo.

 

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Rest in the small bar, this nicely looking drink is ranomapangu.... T. Praszkier photo.

 

it is a typical Malagasy dring - the water left after boiling the rice, it tastes a bit like a burnt pot. T. Praszkier photo.

  

Finally we reached an asphalt road! What a great feeling! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sunset in Ihosy. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Next day we visited the area where corundums are dug. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Small village where the miners leave. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Do you have any corundums? T. Praszkier photo.

 

  

Sure! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Saphire in the biotite shist. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rubby/Saphire in the biotite shist. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rubby/Saphire in the biotite shist. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rubby/Saphire in the biotite shist. T. Praszkier photo.

 

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