Geological Wonders of Namibia

Geological Wonders of Namibia is an informative portrayal of the key highlights of Namibia's landscapes and landforms.
Detay, Michel; Detay, Anne-Marie
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Title: Geological Wonders of Namibia
Author: Michel Detay; Anne-Marie Detay
Genre: Geology
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Nature
Cape Town, South Africa 2017
ISBN 9781775842941 / ISBN 978-1-77584-294-11
Softcover, 19 x 24 cm, 160 pages, throughout illustrated

About: Geological Wonders of Namibia

Our Earth has a long history, starting some 4.5 billion years ago when it formed from the accretion of objects orbiting the sun as well as from meteorites originating outside our solar system. The geological history of Namibia itself is very old and complex as it encompasses some 2.65 Ga of Earth's history. The oldest rocks found in Namibia were formed 2.65 Ga in the Middle Precambrian. Cratons, being the large stable blocks of crust that underpin the continents, can be found in the Hoarusib Valley and in the Kunene Region. In southern Namibia the ground we walk on is composed of rocks from the Namaqua Metamorphic Complex deposited more than 1.8 Ga and visible at the bottom of the Fish River Canyon. These examples, some out of many, are introduced in Geological Wonders of Namibia, an informative portrayal of the key highlights of Namibia's landscapes and landforms.

Content: Geological Wonders of Namibia

Map of Namibia
Introduction: Milestones of Namibian geology
How it all began [13.8 billion years ago]
Meteorites [4.567 billion years ago]
The oldest rocks in Namibia [2.645 billion years ago]
Africa's largest canyon [1.4 billion years ago to present]
Caves and cenotes [750 million years ago]
Fossils and footprints [750-190 million years ago]
Snowball Earth [630 million years ago]
Volcanoes at work [580-550 and 139-128 million years ago]
Wustenquell's granite domes [550 million years ago]
Bornhardts [137-124 million years ago]
Bull's Party granites [130-110 million years ago]
Deserts and how they formed [60 million years ago to present]
Natural arena for art [353000 years ago]
A wealth of gems and minerals [20th century]
Flowing groundwater [Today]
Bibliography and Picture credits