The Copperbelt is a natural region in Central Africa which sits on the border region between northern Zambia and the southern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is known for copper mining.
Traditionally, the term Copperbelt includes the mining regions of Zambia's Copperbelt Province notably the towns of Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola, Luanshya, and Mufulira in particular and the Congo's Haut Katanga and Lualaba provinces notably Lubumbashi, Kolwezi, and Likasi. In some contexts the term may exclude th
The Copperbelt region of Zambia and Congo D.R. is a 500 million year old mountain chain, the Lufilian Arc, which formed when two large pieces of continental crust, the Kalahari craton and the Congo craton, collided. This collision was one of the many that happened between 700 and 500 million years ago to form the Gondwana supercontinent.
This collision is thought to have remobilised base metals, largely already present in the sediments that