The Dinosaur Hunters are back.  Thursday, June 30th  you are invited to a presentation at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club, “The Ancient Life of Angola, a Closer Look”. Dr. Louis Jacobs, internationally recognized dinosaur expert who presented to the field group in 2009, will update us on the ‘extraordinarily spectacular’ results uncovered during the team’s last years of fieldwork in Angola. Also, Dr. Michael Polcyn, expert on the giant sea lizards, Mosasaurs, will discuss Angola’s marine reptiles. Both paleontologists teach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA. Click here to download a Word document with more project details including plus presenter bios.

The presentation will kick off with a preview of footage of an upcoming film documenting the paleontological expedition which is known as Projecto PaleoAngola. Projecto PaleoAngola is a collaborative international scientific research program focused on exploring the ancient life of Angola but which also aims to work with Angola’s educational system at all levels to train students and create an interest in science. The rich paleontological finds and the tenacious scientists who uncovered them will be featured in an upcoming documentary  written, directed, and produced by Kalunga Lima of LS films, based in Luanda Angola. Click here to download a PDF project presentation of PaleoAngola or visit www.paleolabs.org/paleoangola for more details.

Everybody is welcome to attend our presentations which are offered in close cooperation with the Viking Club. There is no charge. The talk will be in English. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM!  (For sale, books by NGOs, in English.)

If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Viking Club, please visit our Join Us page.  The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Geologist Tako Koning promises to teach us all about Angola's oil.

Few places in the world measure up to the recent oil exploration significance of Angola, according to oil experts. This country is the second biggest oil producer in Africa after Nigeria.  What is it about Angola’s geology that favors so much oil production and what is the long term future of the oil industry here? The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation: Everyman’s Guide to Angola’s Petroleum Geology and Oil Industry  at the Viking Club, Thursday May 05, at 8:00 PM with Geologist Tako Koning who will explain in layperson’s terms the subsurface geology that has led to the success of the country’s oil industry and what it means for the future. Tako, a Holland-born and Canada-raised geologist has 40 years experience in the oil industry, including 15 years in Angola. He worked with Texaco for 30 years in Canada, Indonesia, Nigeria and Angola; he retired in 2002 and continues to work in Angola as an oil consultant.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

NOW SELLING at the Viking Club: Tickets to Angola’s Contemporary Dance Company’s new production, The Man Who Cried Tomato Juice Tears, choreographed and directed by Ana Clara Guerra Marques, performances at Cha da Caxinda, May 6 to May 22nd, weekends, 2000kwz. More details on our website: http://angolafieldgroup.com.  Also, copies of the book and CD ‘Intonations’ by Dr. Marissa Moorman.

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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: angolafieldgroup@gmail.com 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.

The Catoca kimberlite pipe in Lunda Sul is the fourth-largest diamond-rich rock formation on Earth in terms of surface area. Kimberlite pipes are vertical tubes of igneous rock which can contain diamonds.

 

***FEB 9 UPDATE: THIS FIELD TRIP IS NOW FULL. *** An Angola Field Group member has kindly offered to organize a field trip to visit the Catoca diamond mine in the province of Lunda Sul where diamonds are mined from a large kimberlite pipe. Catoca is considered the world’s 4th biggest diamond mine in terms of size and we will be allowed to visit the giant 250 meter deep pit which measures 1200 meters by 1500 meters.

The plant is where the rock from the pit is processed.

This will be a one-day trip on private charter (company is AEROJET, plane is Embrair) , meeting at the airport at 6:00 AM on Saturday (date to be confirmed) and flying to Saurimo, the capital city of Lunda Sul where we will be transported by bus to Catoca, 30 kilometers from Saurimo. We will be offered lunch at the site and should be back in Luanda by approximately 5:00 PM. The only costs incurred is the cost of the flight which will be approximately $200.00 return per person.

Catoca camp with the pit in the background. The camp provides living and recreational facilities for the workers and office facilities.

Konstantin Grave, Managing Director of the Luanda branch of ALROSA, is organizing the trip which is scheduled for February 27th but due to his work schedule this date is still provisional and there is a chance it may be set back one or two weeks although every attempt will be made to keep it this date.

Angola is known for its high quality diamonds.

This field trip is a unique opportunity to see a big working diamond mine up close. We have recently had people sign up for field trips and then not show up. We only want people who seriously intend to go to sign up, therefore if you are interested please send an email to: angolafieldgroup@gmail.com with your name, your company’s name and your position in the company plus your cell phone number. In approximately a week’s time we will send a confirmation email with exact details including what airport we will leave from and what time.

Angola’s Catoca diamond mine.

All photos in this post courtesy Konstantin Grave.

 

Angolan student, foreground, gets hands-on training from a PaleoAngola project team member.

The Angola Field Group invites you to: Uncovering the Hidden Remains of Angola’s Ancient Giants, a presentation this Thursday, July 09, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club with dinosaur hunter Dr. Louis Jacobs who calls the fossils of Angola a “museum in the ground”.
Dr. Jacobs (read his bio is at the bottom of this post) and his team first came to Angola in 2005 and again in 2007 to hunt for fossils of giant marine lizards first reported in the 1960’s, but they unearthed much more than that. He will present a review of their finds from the rock outcrops of the coast of Namibe province all the way up to the coast of Cabinda, conducted in cooperation with Agostinho Neto University and ISPRA University in Lubango. Visit www.paleoangola.org/ for more info.

Our guest speaker, vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs on a dig along the northern coast of Angola.

Our guest speaker, vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs on a dig along the northern coast of Angola.

Dr. Jacobs teaches geology and paleontology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA and has conducted fieldwork worldwide. He’s internationally recognized as a dinosaur expert and six fossil species have been named after him. Read more about Dr. Jacobs at the end of this post.
Everybody is welcome to attend our presentations which are offered in close cooperation with the Viking Club. There is no charge. The talk will be in English. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM!  (For sale, books by NGOs, in English.)
If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Viking Club, please click here to download it from our Join Us page.  The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant. See you there!

Presenter Bio:
Louis L. Jacobs
is a Professor in Southern Methodist University’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dallas and President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at SMU.  He has served as President of the international Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and in 1999 he was Director ad interim of the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

Louis received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona in 1977.  Before joining the SMU faculty, he served as head of the Division of Paleontology at the National Museum of Kenya. Mr. Jacobs has conducted extensive field research in Pakistan, Mexico, Kenya, Cameroon, Malawi, Yemen, Israel, and Mozambique, as well as Texas, Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and other parts of the United States.  Most recently, his field research is in Angola, Antarctica, and Mongolia.  Supporters of his research include the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Dinosaur Society, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, and The Saurus Institute.

Among his publications are Quest for the African Dinosaurs: Ancient Roots of the Modern World, Lone Star Dinosaurs, and Cretaceous Airport, as well over one hundred scientific papers and edited volumes.  His book Lone Star Dinosaurs received recognition by joint resolution of the Texas Legislature.  His awards include the Joseph T. Gregory Award of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Edwin H. Colbert Award of the Dinosaur Society, SMU University Teacher/Scholar of the Year, and the Friends of the Texas Earth Science Teachers Association Award.  Six fossil species have been named after him.

An Angola Field Group member holds a Giant Cretaceous-age fossilized ammonite unearthed along Angolan coast

An Angola Field Group member holds a Giant Cretaceous-age fossilized ammonite unearthed along Angolan coast.