• C. J. Campbell


Angola is a former Portuguese territory covering an area of some 1.3 million km2 and supporting a population of about 20 million. A coastal strip is flanked by escarpments, rising to extensive plateaux between 1,500 and 2,500 m above sea level, which in turn give way to featureless plains falling eastwards to an elevation of about 500 m. The northern part of the country is drained by the great Congo River, whereas the southern part lies in the headwaters of the Zambesi, which flows eastwards across Africa. The cold Benguela Current has led to near desert conditions along the southern coast, but most of the country is covered by tropical forest. It has substantial mineral resources of diamonds, iron, manganese, copper and phosphate in addition to petroleum.


Carbon Capture Petroleum System Exploration Drilling Extensive Plateau Portuguese Territory 
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© Colin J. Campbell and Alexander Wöstmann 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.BallydehobIreland

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