from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hydrated oxid of cobalt which occurs in black amorthous masses. It is derived from the alteration of smaltite.
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The DRC's heterogenite contains unprocessed copper and cobalt, often worked by artisanal miners.
"All the diggers and military (on guard) fled ... leaving the sacks of heterogenite behind," when the team arrived, a local source told
Mining experts claim that up to 90 percent of the exports of heterogenite - a compound of cobalt and copper traded in its raw form before being refined in South Africa and Zambia - elude DRC custom controls.
Mikandji said the government wanted to encourage and develop ways to treat heterogenite and introduce greater regulation.
In 2001, SOMIKA, a processor of heterogenite (copper and cobalt), set up operations in the Katanga region of the DRC.
"In all, 6,000 sacks of heterogenite have been seized near the
“The Democratic Republic of Congo has the world’s purest and largest deposits of strategic minerals, including gold, coltan, niobium, cobalt, heterogenite and columbite.