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Following a detour from the river through a section of uninhabited open country, Livingstone crossed the River Kalomo, a tributary of the Zambezi.

"On the 30th [November] we crossed the river Kalomo, here about 50 yards broad, and the only stream that never dries up on this ridge. [...] Here the granite crops out again in great rounded masses which change the dip of the gneiss and mica schist rocks from the westward to the eastward."

Travels and Research in South Africa, John Murray, London, 1912. p. 370-371. (First edition 1857)

Around Kalomo, Livingstone collected metamorphic and igneous rocks.

  • 1857.237.6

    Specimen of granite with crystals with 19th century museum label: ‘Granite with large crystals. Rivulet of many buffaloes, west of Kalomo river. Presented by Dr Livingstone.’

  • Kalomor 6 Note

    Livingstone’s note written in the field for the granite with crystals: ‘The rivulet of many buffaloes on the west of Kalomo R.’

  • Kalomo R 7

    Specimen of granite with black mica with 19th century museum label: ‘Granite with black mica. Eastern ridge of the country, Kalomo river. Presented by Dr Livingstone.’

  • Kalomo R 7 Note

    Livingstone’s note written in the field for the granite with black mica: ‘The rounded granite masses which obtrude on the crest of the eastern ridge of the country, Kalomo river.’

  • 1857.237.23

    Specimens of amygdales with 19th century museum label: ‘Amygdaloids. Rivulet west of Kalomo. Presented by Dr Livingstone.’

  • Kalomo 23

    Livingstone’s note written in the field for the amygdales: ‘Rivulet west of Kalomo dip W.’

  • 1857.237.31

    Specimen of white mica with 19th century museum label: ‘White mica slate. Rivulet west of Kalomo. Presented by Dr Livingstone.’

  • 1857.237.31 Note

    Livingstone’s note written in the field for the white mica: ‘Rivulet west of Kalomo. The mica schist dips in towards the central valley and has dykes of reddish quartz cutting through.’

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