Tarkwa

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Tarkwa
Town
Village and road at Tarkwa 2005.jpg
Official logo of Tarkwa
Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal District logo
Tarkwa is located in Ghana
Tarkwa
Tarkwa
Location of Tarkwa in Western region, South Ghana
Coordinates: 05°18′00″N 01°59′00″W / 5.30000°N 1.98333°W / 5.30000; -1.98333
Region Western Region
District Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal
Population (2013)
 • Total 34,941[1]
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Tarkwa is a town and is the capital of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal district, a district in the Western Region southwest of South Ghana.[2] Tarkwa has a 2013 settlement population of 34,941 people.[1]

Economy[edit]

Mining[edit]

Tarkwa is noted as a centre of gold mining and manganese mining. Tarkwa Mine, which is a large open-cast gold mine, is situated to the northwest of the town, and Nsuta manganese mine is situated to the east of the town. Tarkwa Mine mines several low-grade conglomeratic "reefs" of Tarkwaian type.[2] These reefs are of mid-Proterozoic age. Tarkwa Mine has the distinction of being one of the largest gold mines in South Ghana. Approximately 24 tons of gold is produced annually, and 100 million tons of earth is moved to achieve this production rate. The Iduapriem Gold Mine is also located near Tarkwa, 10 km south of the town.[3] The Tarkwa Goldfield was discovered a few years before the Witwatersrand Goldfield in South Africa.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tarkwa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(89)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(87)
32
(89)
30
(86)
27
(80)
27
(80)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(87)
30
(86)
30.3
(86.2)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(71)
22
(72)
24
(75)
24
(76)
23
(74)
23.8
(74.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 25
(1.0)
25
(1.0)
102
(4.0)
127
(5.0)
203
(8.0)
330
(13.0)
102
(4.0)
25
(1.0)
51
(2.0)
152
(6.0)
127
(5.0)
51
(2.0)
1,320
(52)
Source: Myweather2.com[4]

Education[edit]

University[edit]

University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), is located in Tarkwa.

Transport[edit]

Train[edit]

Tarkwa is a junction train station and is served by Tarkwa Train Station on the Ghana Railway Corporation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. 
  2. ^ a b Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal District
  3. ^ Country report: Ghana - Iduapriem AngloGold Ashanti website, accessed: 10 August 2010
  4. ^ "Tarkwa Weather Averages". Myweather2. 2013.  Retrieved 22 June 2013.

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