This trip has been CANCELLED.
Namibia is host to the world’s largest diamond placer, a formidable mineral deposit indeed. Diamonds were first found here in 1908, and the areas are rich in mining history. Mineralisation occurs in the Succulent Karoo Biome, one of the largest biodiversity hotspots on earth. While the land-based operations are largely mined out, innovative technology is being developed to access resources in the near-shore area, and groundbreaking marine mining technology was developed in the adjacent ocean to support the marine mining operations that have been flourishing for 2 decades. The excursion will examine reworking of the displaced Orange River delta, Orange River terraces, alluvial diamonds in marine terraces, and aeolian diamond placers. A presentation will be given on the marine operations. NB: participants need police clearance certificates from their country of origin to be provided well before the excursion, so that restricted area permits can be arranged for them.
Field Trip Leaders: Jürgen Jacobs, Gabi Schneider
Start: Windhoek/Oranjemund End: Windhoek
Date: 5 days, 4th – 8th September 2016
For more info: Tour Details