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This shot is for Andrew ACL1978 who posted a wonderful landscape shot of a road road running alongside a massive crop irrigater in Colorado. Andrew, your shot opened up ideas regarding rural subject matter. Thanks!

Like most towns along the Orange River, Prieska was a ford across the river long before white settlers arrived. Only in 1878 was it proclaimed a municipality and gained status as a full-fledged town.
Situated on the south bank of the Orange River at the foot of the Doringberg and at the time not much more than a church and a collection of townhouses for the farmers of the district, Prieska played a minor role in the Anglo Boer War. In 1900 the little-known revolt by the Cape Afrikaners took place in and around Prieska and some skirmishes with the British troops resulted. The rebellion lasted until early April and spread throughout the north-western Cape, until a British force under Lord Kitchener’s supervision dispersed most of the Boers and their Cape sympathisers. They retreated to Transvaal.
Prieska has an interesting mining history. Copper and zinc was discovered in 1968 and the Prieska Copper Mines, owned by Anglovaal Mining Ltd, was established. It became one of the country’s major base-metal mines, one of the first to have a decline from surface, using trackless mining methods. Copper was the more valuable product, but tonnage-wise more zinc was produced and even that became less and less profitable, resulting in the mines’ closure in January 1996
Small scale diamond exploration takes place along the banks of the Orange as this is the river that transported diamond from the rich Kimberley pipes.

The Orange River is the most important geographical feature of the area, providing irrigation to support a thriving grape, sultana and wine industry. Other crops such as lucerne, cotton, wheat, peanuts and maize are grown in the Orange River Valley thanks to the substantial number of irrigation farms

Here is Andrew’s shot

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