Why, across Africa, from Kenya to South Africa, is the soil red? Bea Day, Nairobi, Kenya The ground is called laterite and is a clay which has been enriched with Iron and aluminium that has been developed over long periods of time by the heavy rainfalls and the intense heat.
Congolian Coastal Jasper is mined in South Africa, near south of Lesotho. The mine is loed close to the coast and was discovered by a Congolian prospector. The deposit was found approximately in the early 2000's and is mined by hand.