International Conference on Geology, Mining and Groundwater Resources of the Sub – Saharan Africa : Opportunities and Challenges ahead
11- 13 July, 2017, Livingstone, Zambia, Africa
Professor V.C.Tewari , Professor of Geology in Sikkim Central University was invited to deliver Key Note Address in the Planery Session on 12th July, 2017 in the International Conference on Geology, Mining and Groundwater Resources of the Sub – Saharan Africa : Opportunities and Challenges ahead organised by the School of Mines , University of Zambia (Lusaka ) , Africa from 11- 13 July, 2017 in Livingstone, Zambia, Africa. The conference was inaugurated by the President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The conference was attended by about 400 geoscientists from Africa and other four continents belonging to 24 countiers. Two hundred research papers were presented on different aspects of African and Global Geology and Africa’s mineral wealth.The topic of Key Note Address of Professor Tewari was Gondwanaland Paleogeography , Tectonics and Development of Neotethys Perigondwana : An Overview. Professor Tewari’s key note addressed the important aspects of the breakup of Rodinia Supercontinent, Snow Ball Earth, amalgamation of Gondwana Supercontinent, its Paleogeography, global Permian glaciation, opening of Neotethys,Deccan volcanism and its impact on mass extinction, India – Asia collision and the evolution of Himalaya in the light of recent research.The well illustrated presentation was highly appreciated by the audience. Post conference field excursion was also organised to show the Zambian Proterozoic geology and the famous Copper deposits in western Zambia.Pan African granites ( Zambesi belt ) were also shown during the field excursion which crosses almost the entire African continent. The Jurassic Basalt exposure at world heritage site (Victoria Fall , Zambesi River) dividing the Zambia and Zimbabwe was of great interest and enjoyed by the participants from different countries.
Fig. 1.Participants of the International Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, Africa
Fig 2. Victoria Falls above the Jurassic basalt in Livingstone, Zambia
Fig. 3. Participants of the field excursion at Victoria Falls showing the Jurassic basalt in the background
Fig. 4. Proterozoic bedded and folded Calcsilicate rocks of the Zambia, Africa
Fig. 5. Visit to famous Copper Belt Mine at Chingola (Nachanga ) Mine area, Zambia. A polished slab of the copper ore is displayed.