Kouebokkeveld Mountains

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Koue Bokkeveld Mountains
Stack of split sandstone below Cedarberg sandstone cliff.jpg
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.
Highest point
Elevation 1,690 m (5,540 ft)
Coordinates 32°12′0″S 19°25′0″E / 32.20000°S 19.41667°E / -32.20000; 19.41667Coordinates: 32°12′0″S 19°25′0″E / 32.20000°S 19.41667°E / -32.20000; 19.41667
Dimensions
Length 30 km (19 mi) WNW/ESE
Width 8 km (5.0 mi) ENE/WSW
Geography
Kouebokkeveld Mountains is located in South Africa
Kouebokkeveld Mountains
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Parent range Western Cape System
Geology
Orogeny Cape Fold Belt
Period Paleoproterozoic
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.[1]

The Koue Bokkeveld falls within the Olifants/Doring system and the Doring River has its sources in this range, contributing substantially to the flow of the Olifants catchment area.

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.[2] Its fragments were dispersed and now most of them have been lost.[3]

There are ancient San rock paintings at a place called Katbakkies.[4]

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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.[5]

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