The Angola Field Group will have a geological field trip north of Luanda on Tuesday, January 4, led by Geologist Tako Koning. This is a national holiday, so the road north which is usually extremely congested due to roadworks, will not have the usual ‘confusao’. We will leave Luanda at 7:00 am (sharp) and return back at approximately 5:00 PM.
We will go to Barra do Dande and visit outcrops consisting of Cretaceous-age fossiliferous, marine sedimentary rocks. These strata are interesting from a paleo-environmental standpoint of view and they are also of economic significance since they are the cap rocks to the Pinda reservoirs which produce oil in the shallow water areas offshore Soyo and Cabinda. From there we will travel northeastwards to the Lifune River to the Libongos oil seeps and asphalt quarry. We will then travel southwards to Caxito to the water falls at Sassa to view ancient (2 billion-years-old) Precambrian granite outcrops and where we will have a late lunch.
The field trip will conclude with a visit to the hydroelectric dam on the Dande River at Mabubas. This field trip will also stop at Pangila Bridge to review some of the historical events which occurred in this area including the famous Quifangondo battle of November 10, 1975 between FNLA and MPLA just prior to Angola achieving independence on November 11, 1975.
There is a provincial border crossing on this trip so you must bring your original documents and proof of a valid visa. All field trips with the Angola Field Group are at your own risk.
Our meeting point and further details will be provided once you sign up for the trip. To sign up email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your cell phone number, number of passengers in your vehicle, and also please indicate if you have room in your vehicle for passenger/s. There are many vehicle-less people who would appreciate the opportunity to explore some of the countryside.