Geology and Resource Potential of the Congo Basin

  • Maarten J. de Wit
  • François Guillocheau
  • Michiel C. J. de Wit

Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Regional Lithosphere Framework: Crust and Mantle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andriamiranto Raveloson, Andrew Nyblade, Stewart Fishwick, Azangi Mangongolo, Sharad Master
      Pages 3-18
    3. Maarten J. de Wit, Bastien Linol
      Pages 19-37
  3. Basin Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: Neoproterozoic-Cambrian;Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic; Mesozoic; Cenozoic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Étienne Kadima Kabongo, Damien Delvaux, Michel Everaerts, Mwene Ntabwoba Stanislas Sebagenzi, Francis Lucazeau
      Pages 97-109
    3. Bastien Linol, Maarten J. de Wit, Erika Barton, Francois Guillocheau, Michiel C. J. de Wit, Jean-Paul Colin
      Pages 111-134
    4. Bastien Linol, Maarten J. de Wit, Erika Barton, Francois Guillocheau, Michiel C. J. de Wit, Jean-Paul Colin
      Pages 135-161
    5. Bastien Linol, Maarten J. de Wit, Francois Guillocheau, Michiel C. J. de Wit, Zahie Anka, Jean-Paul Colin
      Pages 193-210
  4. Geodynamics, Tectonic Evolution and Basin Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Bastien Linol, Maarten J. de Wit, Francois Guillocheau, Cecile Robin, Olivier Dauteuil
      Pages 213-227
    3. Francis Lucazeau, John Armitage, Étienne Kadima Kabongo
      Pages 229-244
    4. Bastien Linol, Maarten J. de Wit, Edison J. Milani, Francois Guillocheau, Claiton Scherer
      Pages 245-268
  5. Neotectonics, Geomorphology and River Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Francois Guillocheau, Roman Chelalou, Bastien Linol, Oliver Dauteuil, Cecile Robin, Francois Mvondo et al.
      Pages 271-313
    3. Tyrel J. Flügel, Frank D. Eckardt, Fenton P. D. Cotterill
      Pages 315-337
  6. Resources: Economic and Potential Deposits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Michiel C. J. de Wit, Edmond Thorose
      Pages 341-360
    3. Michiel C. J. de Wit, Hielke A. Jelsma
      Pages 361-369
    4. Damien Delvaux, Max Fernandez-Alonso
      Pages 371-391
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 407-417

About this book


This book summarizes the geomorphology, geology, geochronology, geophysics and mineral resources of the Congo Basin, one of the world’s most enigmatic and poorly understood major intra-continental sedimentary basins, and its flanking areas of Central Africa. It provides an up to date analysis of the large region’s origin and evolution. The book’s nineteen chapters take the reader through the entire basement history, as well as the Basin’s ca. 700 million years of cover sequences. Starting from its Archean cratons and Proterozoic mobile belts, and proceeding through the Phanerozoic sequences, including the most recent Cenozoic successions, the book also explores the present drainage systems and the subtle but complex topography of the Congo Basin. It also presents and evaluates new basin models and related dynamic processes, as well as revised correlation schemes with its Gondwana counterparts in South America, all of which provide key insights into its rich diamond deposits and other mineral wealth, which are documented in the final chapters.

A specific feature of this book is its synthesis, performed by teams of active experts, of a vast amount of geoscientific data previously only recorded in research reports, company reports, survey bulletins, and scattered journal articles and books.

The sheer size of the Congo Basin (ca.1.8 million km2, or just under half the area of the EU) and Central Africa (some 7 million km2, or more than 70% of the area of the USA) will make this a sought-after source of information and inspiration on this unique region.



African Geology Congo Basin Congo River Basin Economic Geology Congo Intra-Continental Basins Mineral Resources Africa Natural Resources Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarten J. de Wit
    • 1
  • François Guillocheau
    • 2
  • Michiel C. J. de Wit
    • 3
  1. 1.GeosciencesNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  2. 2.GeosciencesUniversity of RennesRennes CedexFrance
  3. 3.GeologyUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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