Project 646 - Dynamic Interaction in Tropical Africa

At the northern border of Archean Congco-craton the regional significance of Pan-African strike-slip shear zone and compressional structures and the genetic links between the geodynamic processes and ore formation still to be clarify. How deep Precambrian structures do reactivate, and its precise influence on the location, type and evolution of Mesozoic-Cenozoic fault bounded sedimentary basins of WCA-Rifts System and within plate Cenozoic magmatic activity along the Cameroon Volcanic Line is still controversial . The spatial association of historical and recent earthquakes and pre-existing lithospheric structures still a matter of debate. Degree and extend of regional or local climate fluctuation/change and its influence on weathering depths and decomposition of rocks, option available to population remain poorly know.

The proposed new IGCP project aimed to maintain the existing team build upon precursor IGCP 616 young project and to continue to carry out multi-disciplinary investigations on crustal architecture, clarified and quantified the link between basement studies, neotectonics, climate change and landscape evolution. We aim to exploit existing interest and activity and especially work to involve more isolated scientists and teams, fill the remained gaps and introduce all previous and new data into a single holistic pattern of dynamic interaction in tropical environment.

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