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Limestone and Dolomite Resources of Africa

Ed.: H.-R. Bosse; Werner Gwosdz

1996. 532 pages, 104 figures, 294 tables, 3 plates, 17x24cm, 1080 g
Language: English

(Geologisches Jahrbuch Reihe D, Band D 102)

ISBN 978-3-510-96090-3, paperback, price: 39.80 €

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This publication describes occurrences of limestone and dolomites in the African countries. All rock types containing industrially useful quantities of calcium and/or magnesium carbonates, including limestones and dolomites proper, as well as various sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks such as marble, travertine, calcrete, carbonatite, hydrothermal veins of calcite and dolomite, etc. will be discussed under various aspects.

Limestone and dolomite (or dolostone) can be economically important mineral resources if they meet certain qualitative and quantitative specifications. They have a very broad spectrum of industrial applications, ranging from iron and steel making through the construction, chemical, refractory, and glass industries to agricultural and environmental uses.

Eight years ago the staff of the Industrial Minerals and Rocks Section of the BGR realized from repeated enquiries received from outside the BGR that there was considerable demand for information on limestone and dolomite resources in Africa. In a joint initiative, the staff decided to pool their knowledge in a book.

The information compiled in this study between 1985 and 1992 is derived mainly from published data, although some nonconfidential information from the archives of the BGR is also included.

The book

- provides an overview of the limestone and dolomite resources of all African countries, thus adding to the inventory of African mineral resources,

- provides incentives to improve existing industrial applications, and/or develop new applications for domestic resources of limestone and dolomite,

- can serve as an investment and decision-maker's guide within the framework of the economic and social development of African countries.

Contents top ↑

1 Preface 7
2 Limestone, Dolomite and their Uses 9
2.1 Limestone 9
2.2 Dolomite 28
3 Overview of the African Continent 39
3.1 Physiography 39
3.2 Geology 41
3.3 Limestone and Dolomite Resources 50
4 Country Reviews 63
4.1 Algeria 63
4.2 Angola 69
4.3 Benin 74
4.4 Botswana 78
4.5 Burkina Faso 91
4.6 Burundi 97
4.7 Cameroon 102
4.8 Central African Republic 106
4.9 Chad 110
4.10 Congo 114
4.11 Djibouti 119
4.12 Egypt 122
4.13 Equatorial Guinea 140
4.14 Eritrea 142
4.15 Ethiopia 142
4.16 Gabon 148
4.17 Gambia 153
4.18 Ghana 156
4.19 Guinea 165
4.20 Guinea Bissau 172
4.21 Ivory Coast 176
4.22 Kenya 180
4.23 Lesotho 199
4.24 Liberia 203
4.25 Libya 206
4.26 Madagascar 216
4.27 Malawi 228
4.28 Mali 269
4.29 Mauritania 278
4.30 Morocco 287
4.31 Mozambique 297
4.32 Namibia 310
4.33 Niger 321
4.34 Nigeria 326
4.35 Rwanda 334
4.36 Senegal 339
4.37 Sierra Leone 344
4.38 Somalia 348
4.39 South Africa 354
4.40 Sudan 409
4.41 Swaziland 420
4.42 Tanzania 424
4.43 Togo 460
4.44 Tunisia 466
4.45 Uganda 471
4.46 West Sahara 478
4.47 Zaire 482
4.48 Zambia 495
4.49 Zimbabwe 513