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Tantalum


 

Tantalum Belt


The presently known potential area of tantalum and niobium is Kenticha, in the Adola area, southern Ethiopia. The rare metal occurrences in Kenticha is hosted in a long and linear belt, hence the Kenticha belt. It is located in the eastern side of Adola gold field, 550km (315km tarmic road and 285 km of well maintained gravel road) south of Addis Ababa. Shakisso, the gold mining town, is only 50km from Kenticha, and this town is linked with Addis Ababa by air transport too. 

The Kenticha belt extends for over 100km (as estimated from Katawhicha mountain on the south to the left bank of the Genale river on the north). A typical mountain topography characterizes the area with elevation ranging from 1500m to 1960m. Draininage is well-developed and mainly get water from rain. The Mormora river is the largest perennial river in the region just 8km west of the Kenticha tantalum deposit.