“We still have stocks of the Congress books, The Great Mineral Fields of Africa (Episodes V39, no 2) and Africa’s Top Geological Sites, and these are offered at special prices until the end of November, 2016. You can order The Great Mineral Fields of Africa for R150 plus postage, and Africa’s Top Geological Sites for R200 plus postage at email@example.com. In addition to these volumes, limited numbers of the Congress field excursion guides will be published in the coming months and will be made available. Additional papers on African mineral deposits are planned for a 2017 issue of the South African Journal of Geology. Please check www.35igc.org for information and updates.”
Two books were specially prepared for 35IGC and were launched at the opening ceremony. The first, a colourful and profusely illustrated commemorative volume entitled:-“ Africa’s Top Geological Sites”, is aimed at creating an awareness of the many outstanding geological features of the continent. It has been written for geoscientists and the general public alike and is aimed primarily at fostering an interest in geoheritage, geoconservation and geotourism in Africa.
The second publication, a special 35IGC issue of Episodes,( the IUGS journal of International geoscience) entitled “The Great Mineral Fields of Africa” highlights the importance of the mineral deposits of the African continent. Africa is destined to play a leading role in the supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the future and the book reviews the geological setting of a number of the continents important mineral fields. Both books proved to be very popular with delegates at the congress and are still available at a special price through the Geological Society of South Africa, email:- firstname.lastname@example.org . We extend our thanks to Acacia Mining and Pangea exploration who were the generous sponsors of these publications. The considerable logistical support provided by VM Investments and Bushveld Minerals in the typing of manuscripts, drafting of maps and diagrams and preparation of photographs, in the production of both publications, is gratefully acknowledged' in my section on publications and legacy.
A series of ten stamps depicting some of the geological superlatives of South African geology and mineral deposits by way of stylised drawings were specially prepared for the congress. They are collectors items and are still available through the Geological Society of South Africa. (email email@example.com ).Our thanks are extended to Mr. Pieter Bosch and the South African Postal Services for this initiative.
Geoheritage-, Geotourism and Education Many of the pre and post congress field trips covered important geosites as well as geotrails or potential geotrails and these have been described in a series of excellent field guide books that have been specially prepared for the congress. They are an important legacy of 35IGC and will be made available to delegates and other interested parties in the near future .
The Barberton Makonjwa geotrail has already been established and similar projects have been initiated as a consequences of the congress. They include for example, tourist, educational and geoheritage geotrails highlighting the story of Witwatersrand gold, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and Magaliesberg, as well as the eastern Bushveld platinum trail. It is planned to post this and other information onto the Heritage Portal which can be accessed at www.theheritageportal.co.za
It is hoped that some of these initiatives may ultimately lead to the establishment of Geoparks as part of an African Geoparks network.
Museums and Universities
Most of the legacy products and projects of 35th IGC are of educational value and will be displayed or advertised at museums, Universities and schools throughout South Africa and other African countries, in due course. These include the two books and field guide books as well as a set of 10 magnificent educational posters depicting geological scenes at various geological time periods commencing with a scene from the archaean earth. The posters have been produced by geo artist, Maggie Newman. A photographic exhibition as well as a slide presentation of some of South Africa’s top geological sites, which were shown at the congress, will also be displayed at museums and Universities.
A popular attraction at 35 IGC was the Mantle room exhibit prepared by Dr. John Gurney and his team from the University of Cape Town and Scientific Services. This unique world class exhibit focuses on the magnificent collection of specially cut and polished mantle nodules, samples of the earths upper mantle which were transported, together with diamonds, by the Kimberlite magma to the surface or close to the surface and collected during the course of mining operations.
This exhibit, or versions of it, will be on display at museums, Universities and conferences and is an important legacy