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African Basins - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444825711, 9780080540825

African Basins, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editor: R.C. Selley
eBook ISBN: 9780080540825
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 20th November 1997
Page Count: 391
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Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Series (K.J. Hsü). Introduction and Acknowledgements (R.C. Selley). List of Contributors.

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.


Following on from the first 2 books in the series, Sedimentary Basins of the World, which covered Chinese Sedimentary Basins (Volume 1) and South Pacific Sedimentary Basins (Volume 2), comes Volume 3, on African Basins.

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.


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20th November 1997
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@from:B. Bosworth
@qu:... I found the book to be immensely valuable, and immediately began to use it as a resource for my own work in Africa.
@source:Journal of Sedimentary Research Vol. 69, no. 1
@from:L. Jansa
@qu:...To present the development of sedimentary basins of a continent through geologic time in a single book in a balanced manner is a major achievement. ...R.C. Selley, did an excellent job.... this African sedimentary basin synthesis is a significant achievement... this volume should not be missing in any university or geologic library of research institutes...
@source:Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 125, No. 1-2

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About the Editor

R.C. Selley

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, Department of Geology, London, UK