Witwatersrand


Witwatersrand
/wit"waw'teuhrz rand', -wot'euhrz-/, n.
a rocky ridge in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg. Also called The Rand.

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▪ mountain ridge, South Africa
also called  The Rand  

      ridge of gold-bearing rock mostly in Gauteng province, South Africa. Its name means “Ridge of White Waters.” The highland, which forms the watershed between the Vaal and Limpopo rivers, is about 62 miles (100 km) long and 23 miles (37 km) wide; its average elevation is about 5,600 feet (1,700 metres). Its rich gold deposits, occurring in conglomerate beds known as reefs, were discovered in 1886. A heavy in-migration of miners followed, and the city of Johannesburg grew near the centre of the Witwatersrand. The tailing dumps of the gold mines stretch the entire length of the ridge, and chains of lakes created by water pumped from the mines occupy adjoining valleys.

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