Book title: Treasures of the Diamond Coast
Subtitle: A century of diamond mining in Namibia
Author: Gabi Schneider
Macmillan Education Namibia Publishers
Hardcover, 25 x 33 cm, 320 pages, throughout illustrations and photos
Diamonds have been mined in Namibia for an entire century. The secret of the wealth of the diamond deposits sustaining mining for such a long time is the fact that the country has been blessed with the most incredible geological processes. They have worked together over millions of years to form an ore body unequalled in size or quality by any other occurrence of this most precious of all gemstones. But the treasures of the Namibian coast remained hidden for a long time. This all changed one day in April 1908, when Zacharias Lewala discovered the first diamond. Since then, the coastal stretch between Lüderitz and Oranjemund has developed into one of the most important diamond-producing areas in the world. Today, Namibia is also the world’s technological leader in mining diamonds from the seabed. This book, full of historic maps, sketches and photos, gives a detailed account of the history of the Namibian Diamond Coast, covering geological, technological, economical as well as human aspects. This reference work belongs into any collection of Namibiana.
Dr. Gabi Schneider was born in Frankfurt. She studied geology and mineralogy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt from 1974 to 1980, and obtained her Ph.D. in 1984. After moving to Namibia in 1985, she joined the Geological Survey of Namibia in Windhoek, and was appointed as director of this institution in 1996. During her studies and career she focused on economic geology and has published more than 100 papers dealing mainly with this subject. Stimulated by the outstanding role that diamonds play for the Namibian economy and the fascination of the unique processes that formed their deposits along the Namibian west coast, she has developed a keen interest in the economic geology of this most precious of all gemstones. Gabi Schneider serves on a number of boards concerned with mining and education.