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Angola LNG
“A milestone in Angola’s rapidly expanding oil industry was passed in July 2013 when the first shipment of Angola LNG was delivered to Brazil, heralding a new hydrocarbons export opportunity for Angola…”

Click here to download a PDF of “Angola LNG steps onto the global stage/ LNG de Angola entra no mercado global” (English and Portuguese), written by geologist Tako Koning. This article reproduced from Calemas magazine by kind permission of BP (Exploration) Angola Limited. Issue 30, April 2014/ Abril 2014.

Mosasaur Cannibalism? Fossilized ‘Sea Monster’ Found In Angola With Three Others In Its Belly –
The Huffington Post, November 3, 2013, click here to read online.

Every year the Angola Field Group makes a geology field trip with geologist Tako Koning to the Libongos Oil Seeps, a two hour drive from Luanda. Tako wrote about his experience ‘Solving the Mystery of Angolan Oil’ which features the Libongos Oil Seeps for the APPG Explorer magazine (April 2013 issue) here

July 1, 2011 Field Trip: Angola Polishing Diamonds Factory in Telatona, Luanda Sul.
(All photos Henriette Koning.)

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

The Angola Polishing Diamond SA Factory is a joint venture between the state diamond company and Leviev’s plus a local consortium.

Inexperienced Angolans are hired who then receive on-the-job training.

Field Group participants watch master diamond cutter demonstrate how to find the optimal way to cut a diamond.

The computer screen in the upper right hand of the photo shows a 3-dimensional scan of the uncut stone, verifying what the master’s experienced eye already decided.

Getting a close-up look at the polishing process.

Checking the bruting process whereby two diamonds are set to grind against each other to shape into a round shape.

Diamond polishing is highly mechanized and computerized.

Field group participants enjoy a hands-on experience.

There are various cuts of diamonds but the round shape is the most common.

Angola is known for its high quality diamonds.

A sneak preview of the diamond rings soon to be for sale at APDF retail outlet.

How many people have a chance to hold a handful of diamonds?! Thanks APDF for a great visit.

A short trailer of an upcoming documentary about the PaleoAngola Project. The film is directed and produced by Kalunga Lima of LS Films, based in Luanda Angola. Cinematography by Pierre van Heerden, Edited by Helena Alves.

Read more about this on our website here:
July 9, 2009 Presentation: Uncovering the Hidden Remains of Angola’s Ancient Giants.
(The next four photos are courtesy of PaleoAngola.)

The fossils of Angola are a “Museum in the Ground".

More than 175 people attended the Angola Field Group presentation on July 9, 2009, to hear Dr.Louis Jacobs, who teaches geology and paleontology at Southern Methodist University, describe the rich treasure of fossils that are being unearthed along the coast of Angola. In 2005 he and his team of paleontologists went to Angola because fossils of giant marine lizards (mosasaurs) had been reported in the 1960s and this is what they found:

Prognathodon kianda, a new mosasaur from Angola.

The first dinosaur, a sauropod, found in Angola by Portuguese paleontologist Octavio Mateus.

The first dinosaur, a sauropod, found in Angola by  Portuguese paleontologist Octavio Mateus.

Professor Jacobs excavating arm of Angolan dinosaur found at Iembe, north of Luanda.

Professor Jacobs excavating arm of Angolan dinosaur      found at Iembe, north of Luanda.

The rocks of Angola record events of worldwide interest, such as the extinction of dinosaurs and mosasaurs, and the precise position of ancient shores. Click here to download Dr. Jacob’s PowerPoint presentation and view more discoveries made by his PaleoAngola project.

asked Dr. Jacobs to tell us a bit about his professional background:
” I did my doctoral field work in Pakistan in the 70´s, in the days when you could take a bus from Peshawar to Kabul through the Khyber Pass.  After graduate school I worked as Head of the Department of Paleontology at the National Museums of Kenya, working for Richard Leakey.  I left there in 1983 and have been at SMU ever since.  After Kenya I did field work in Malawi, then Cameroon, now Angola.  I had short field excursions to Ethiopia (with my wife who studies fossil plants there) and to Mozambique.  I have also worked in Yemen.  I migrated to the Poles, working on the North Slope of Alaska, in the Aleutians, and on Hound Island in Southeast Alaska, and that was followed by two trips to Antarctica.  Besides Angola, my interests now are in Mongolia (year 4 of 5) and Antarctic elephant seals.  This all sounds random, but there is a real research evolution guiding it, now centered on the acquisition of the marine realm by mammals and reptiles of terrestrial origin; that is one reason why Angola is interesting —  it has an excellent record of fossil marine reptiles and it should have a better record of fossil whales.”

Dr. Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs on site.

Photos from 2008 Field Trips and earlier:

Dande River

Traversing the Dande River in a dugout canoe, looking for evidence of first oil well.

First oil well

First oil well: still some oil left in the pipes.

O Miradouro da Lua
O Miradouro da Lua (lunar landscape), 60 kilometers outside of Luanda.

Trip to the oil seeps at at the north side of Caxito.

Oil seeps

Field trip to the Libongas oil seeps.

Geologist Tako Koning.

Geologist Tako Koning leading the Libongas field trip; oil seeps from the rock face behind him. Photo courtesy Gareth Chetwynd.

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