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Find out more about 44 of Africa’s most spectacular geological sites

Africa's Top Geological SitesAfrica’s Top Geological Sites by Richard Viljoen, Morris Viljoen and Carl Anhaeusser:

Africa comprises some of the oldest and most extraordinary geology on planet Earth, which is discussed in this detailed and colourful book.

Some 44 of the continent’s most spectacular and interesting “geosites” are included, from Table Mountain in the south to the eroded necks and plugs of the Hoggar region in Algeria; and from the volcanic islands of the Atlantic Ocean to the continental fragments off the African east coast. Each site is authored by a geologist (or specialist in a related field) with in-depth knowledge about the particular feature or landform: how it formed and developed, its current geological status, ecological impact, and its archaeological and cultural interest.

Supported with many photographs, maps, satellite images and explanatory illustrations, the text is accessible to geologists and lay enthusiasts alike, unpacking the how’s and whys of Africa’s most intriguing landforms, sites and geological features.

About the authors

Richard Viljoen, Morris Viljoen and Carl Anhaeusser are all Honorary Professors of Geology at Wits University. They have overseen and edited submissions from more than 40 contributors to this volume, ensuring quality, accuracy and readability throughout.

About the International Geological Congress

Africa’s Top Geological Sites is being published as a legacy project to coincide with the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC), which will be taking place in Cape Town from 29 August to 2 September. Over 4 000 delegates from all over the world will be attending presentations in the many geoscientific themes, with over 600 delegates also taking part in numerous pre- and post-Congress excursions. All of the above will be highlighting and promoting South African and African geology to a world-wide audience.

The Great Mineral Fields of Africa, describing a selection of the world-class mineral deposits on the African continent, will also be published, as a special volume of the IUGS journal, Episodes.

In addition, a special edition of 10 South African stamps and two First-day covers, commemorating the top 10 geological superlatives of South Africa, will also be launched.

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