Project 646 - Dynamic Interaction in Tropical Africa

IGCP Project meeting in 2017

Training course: Map Interpretation and Cross Section Construction using modern tools and software

  • 06-07 July 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Annual meeting: Mesozoic-Cenozoic sedimentary basins and related minerals resources. Training course, Workshops with scientific presentation and discussion.

  • Post workshop field excursion 25-29 September 2017, Nigeria

Meetings aimed to:

  1. Upgrade geosciences training through specialized programming that involves education and research with emphasis on high tech methods and/or instrumentation and software. 
  2. Increase the number of participants from African and other developing countries and the proportion of young and women scientists. Introduce and promote graduate and post-graduate training of student and other highly qualified personnel and collaboration in the utilization of research facilities between scientists from different countries and institutions. 
  3. Bring together scientists active in theoretical research with those working in the field and promote collaboration in the utilization of research facilities between scientists from different countries and institutions.
  4. Bridge the gap between scientific effort and public interest and give the public an insight into nature of the major geosciences structures and/or processes that directly affect their lives.
  5. Make a major step forward in the integration of basement geology, neotectonics, mineral and hydrocarbon exploration, geohazards, hydrology and climate change and increase the number of joint activities cutting across different themes of the project.

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Brief outline of the project

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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