- Electronic ISBN 9780080540825
- Print ISBN 9780444825711
Africa covers a larger land area than the USA, Europe, India and the ASEAN nations put together. It is rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, coal and nearly every metalliferous mineral. Yet Africa is still one of the least explored continents.
This book brings together in one volume, concise reviews of basins previously documented in a vast array of diffuse literature. It also contains some of the first detailed accounts of several basins which have never before been described in such depth. These include the onshore Owambo, Iullemmeden, and Sudanese rift basins, and the offshore basins of southern Africa.
The contributions are by authors, and teams of authors, with great knowledge and experience of the basins that they describe.
The thirteen chapters are arranged in 3 parts covering North Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa and the book is illustrated by maps, cross-sections, stratigraphic sections and seismic lines. Each chapter includes a comprehensive bibliography and the book concludes with a subject index.
For academic geologists researching the geology of Africa, and for industrial geologists seeking natural resources within African sedimentary rocks, this book is an invaluable source of information.
Part 1. North Africa. 1. The Sedimentary Basins of Northwest Africa: Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (R.C. Selley). 2. The Basins of Northwest Africa: Structural Evolution (R.C. Selley). 3. The Sirte Basin of Libya (R.C. Selley). 4. Sedimentary Basins of Egypt: An Overview of Dynamic Stratigraphy (A.S. El Hawat). Part 2. Central Africa. 5. The Iullemmeden Basin (R.T.J. Moody). 6. Rift Basins of the Sudan (R.B. Salama). 7. The Niger Delta Basin (T.J.A. Reijers, S.W. Petters, C.S. Nwajide). 8. The West African Coastal Basins (M.A. Ala, R.C. Selley). 9. The East African Rift Basins (L.E. Frostick). 10. The Coastal Basins of Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania (E.I. Mbede, A. Dualeh). Part 3. Southern Africa. 11. The Owambo Basin of Northern Namibia (R.McG. Miller). 12. The Foreland Karoo Basin, South Africa (M.R. Johnson et al.). 13. Late Mesozoic Sedimentary Basins off the South Coast of South Africa (I.K. McMillan, G.J. Brink, D.S. Broad, J.J. Maier). Part 4. Summary. 14. Puzzling Questions in the Simple History of a Continent (K.J. Hsü). References. Indexes.