The 2019 field season of the geological mapping project in the Nampula Province in northern Mozambique has been completed. During three field campaigns between early July and mid-November detailed outcrop descriptions, structural measurements and samples were collected at more than 3,000 localities spread over ten 1 : 50,000 map sheets.
Parallel to the geological field work, the project also serves as an opportunity to provide INAMI (Instituto Nacional de Minas de Moçambique) geologists with on-site training in digital geological mapping techniques using digital devices and software. Additionally, the INAMI geologists were also trained in the processing and application of the collected field data. As feedback for this training we received the following comments in response to a questionnaire that was posed to the trainees at the end of the first field season:
Regarding geological on-site training…
My geological knowledge has improved a lot and working geographic programs used for data processing are new and I’ve had good training and I’m happy about it. There was a lot of patience on the side of the consultants to train us on these programs which facilitated my learning and work.
My skills have improved a lot and I am grateful. Specially handle data sets and having the opportunity to work with digital mapping was very important to me.…
Regarding the integration of colleagues to due rotational system…
The communication was very good with the new colleagues. We easily manged to integrate them to our “field camp family”.
The integration of colleagues from the other partners (BRGM, GONDWANA, PGW) was very good.
Certainly, these changes created some different dynamics and effected the harmony of work because, as we all know, despite the common goals, each geologist has his particularities regarding field work and methodologies
It was very good, and I pretty much enjoyed being able to meet and work with different people from different countries.
Identifying challenges in terms of field work…
The biggest challenge is field life itself, sleeping in a tent and facing some plants like monkey beans specially in the first two campaigns doesn’t just make life easier.
Honestly, the biggest challenge for me was to get along to get along with the English language. For the rainy season, I have already registered at the evening school, English lessons.
The difference is that in this project there was rotation of the team members during field work, which enabled to get to know different work technique and strategies. Further, all team members were free to give their opinion and to participate in the discussions for the delimitation of geological units. Generally, the project is well organised, and the implementation is good.
This project comes up with more advanced technologies in data processing and availability. A big advantage are the recent geophysical data to target mapping areas of special interest. Another big plus are previously digitised outcrops using satellite imagery, especially in dense vegetation this was a perfect help. Other projects did not have this multitude of auxiliary material. The time until the beginning of the 2020 field season will be used to evaluate the collected geological field data and to use it in context with initial analysis results for the re-interpretation of the geological maps.
IGS staff member Paul Turner was recently due to appear as a chorus member in the new amateur theatre production of Feargus the Musical, a show based on the life of 19th century radical Nottingham politician Feargus O’Connor. However, Paul was thrust into the main role of Feargus when the original actor fell ill only days before the production was due on stage. Paul is pictured centre stage in the top hat.
The musical was written by local Nottingham historian and musician Brian Lund and featured a 25 strong cast with 19 new songs. Any profits from the show will be going to two local charities.
The second field campaign lasted from 26th August to 4th October 2019 and covered map sheets 393 Mutuali, 394 Malema, 433 Nintulo and 434 Inago – the most western sheets. Preliminary geological maps for the area have been ground truthed by the nine geologists involved who come from six organisations.
Over 1400 new waypoints have been added to the field database, with 349 on Mutuali, 419 on Malema, 335 on Nintulo and 346 on Inago. These will be added to the 290 waypoints inherited from earlier projects.
A substantial number of samples are stored in Nampula at the Direcção Provincial dos Recursos Minerais e Energia (DIPREME) awaiting transport to laboratories in South Africa and Europe.
IGS has been assisting the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) in compiling and reviewing a range of documentation associated with the Kingdom’s ambitious program to map the Arabian Shield. This program will generate high-resolution datasets for geology, geophysics and geochemistry. Along with the development of a National Core Library and a National Geo Data Centre the program forms part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
IGS is honoured to be part of this program, which represents one of the largest single programs of geo-scientific data collection being considered.
The MAGTAP technical supervision team (Hannu Makitie and Esko Korkiakoski), and representatives of the client organisations INAMI (Vladimiro Manhica) and DNGM (Elias Daudi), visited the field team during the second field campaign. The field team consists of geologists from IGS, BRGM, GONDWANA, INAMI, DNGM, and DIPREME Nampula. They undertook a joint field excursion through the north-eastern part of map sheet Malema (394) which exposes granulites. The second field campaign started on 26 August and is operating from a field camp near Malema in Nampula Province. The four 1:50,000 map sheets being surveyed are Mutuali (393), Malema (394), Nintulo (433) and Inago (434).
Between 8 July and 8 August 2019 a total of 956 waypoints have been recorded within the first field area covering the three 1:50,000 map sheets Namecuna (395), Merripa (396) and Norre (397). A team of nine field geologists used personal electronic devices and digital mapping software to complete the work using GIS data packages prepared by IGS. The field camp was situated at Riane in Ribaue District (Nampula Province).
The field programme for the geological mapping project was started with a kick-off workshop in Maputo (3 & 4 June 2019). The workshop took place in the lecture hall of the Museum of Natural History in Maputo. The field programme commenced on 8 July with the first field campaign running until 10 August. Two more campaigns are scheduled for 2019. Presenters were Christoph J. Dobmeier (IGS), Stephen Reford (PGW, first row, left), and Frederick Hartzer (IGS, addressing the audience). Other attendees were staff from INAMI, DNGM, and the University of Maputo, the MAGTAP technical supervision team (Hannu Makitie and Esko Korkiakoski, first and second from right), and representatives of private companies.
IGS is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member of staff to our team, Dr. Reik Degler.
Following an MSc in Economic Geology at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and a PhD in Tectonics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Reik has gained considerable geological experience at international level. Beside his research at the Institute of Geosciences during the PhD, he participated as a leading geologist in joint regional scale geological mapping projects on mineral occurrences potential between Brazilian State Governments and the Geological Survey of Brazil.
Reik has been appointed as a Mapping Geologist and will initially be working on our project in Mozambique.
On joining IGS, Reik said “I am very happy to join IGS and look forward to applying my skills in international projects and contributing my part to the continued growth and development of IGS”.
Peter Zawada, Managing Director of IGS, commented “IGS warmly welcomes Reik whose experience will provide very useful contributions to the company’s current and future projects.”
Bill McCourt, Peter Zawada and Feargal Murphy from IGS attended PDAC in Toronto from 3-6 March 2019.
Frik Hartzer attended the Mining Indaba 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2019. The general mood during the Indaba was definitely more optimistic than previous years. South Africa in particular made a major effort to show that recent political changes should eventually be reflected in a better exploration and investment friendly atmosphere. Other countries that made significant presentations were Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. From an IGS perspective the Indaba was successful with established contacts renewed and new contacts generated.