|Koue Bokkeveld Mountains|
The Cedarberg sandstone that makes up the Koue Bokkeveld has patterns of erosion and cracking that create intriguing effects. The image shows a bus-sized block split naturally into regular brick-like right parallelepipeds.
|Length||30 km (19 mi) WNW/ESE|
|Width||8 km (5.0 mi) ENE/WSW|
|Parent range||Western Cape System|
|Orogeny||Cape Fold Belt|
|Type of rock||Sandstone|
The Koue Bokkeveld Mountains, meaning "Cold Buck Shrubland" in Afrikaans, is a mountain range in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. It is located above Prince Alfred Hamlet, north of Ceres, and south and east of Citrusdal. The range runs in a WNW-ESE direction with a tall escarpment on its southern and southwestern side. Elevations of the range are an average of 1,600 m and there is often snow in the winter. These heights are one of the coldest places in the Western Cape in the winter.
Geologically the range is composed of Cedarberg Sandstone of the Cape System. A meteorite crashed on the Koue Bokkeveld in 1838. It is known as the Koue Bokkeveld or CM2 meteorite. Its fragments were dispersed and now most of them have been lost.
The flora of the Koue Bokkeveld is similar to the Cedarberg flora with mountain fynbos at high altitudes and Karoo vegetation in the lower slopes and patches of Mountain Cypress. Plants such as the Oil Bract Conebush, a species of Leucadendron, may be found.
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