The African Neogene - Climate, Environments and People: Palaeoecology of Africa 34, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The African Neogene - Climate, Environments and People

Palaeoecology of Africa 34, 1st Edition

By Jürgen Runge

CRC Press

224 pages

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During the Neogene – covering the last 23 Million years – the evolution of the environmental setting in Africa was subject to considerable changes. Natural shifts, slow and rapid, evidenced by modifications in palaeogeography, geodynamics, climate, and vegetation have caused repeated and strong changes of ecosystems in the lower latitudes. Using a variety of proxy data – researched and applied by many authors from numerous disciplines – an attempt is made to reconstruct African landscapes over space and time. Besides such spatio-temporal oscillations in recently humid, semi-humid, and dry areas of Africa, this volume of Palaeoecology of Africa (PoA) focuses on long term interrelationships between ecosystem dynamics and climate change, not ignoring the ever growing and ongoing influence of humans on natural ecosystems since the Quaternary. Regionally, this volume lays a strong focus on Nigeria (Niger Delta).

Facing the omnipresent challenges of Global Change, an increasing number of African scientists is involved in palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic research, both theoretical and applied. PoA systematically supports established as well as junior African scientists in the field of sustainable cooperation and academic capacity building.

This book will be of interest to all concerned with or interested in up-to-date research on Neogene to Quaternary low latitudes ecosystem changes and their respective interpretation in the framework of natural climate and vegetation change evidenced by a variety of methods that allow to read and learn from the past by following the motto, "The geologic foretime as the key to the present, and possibly to the future." Palynologists, Geologists, Geographers, Archaeologists, and Geomorphologists will find this edition equally useful for their work.

Table of Contents


Jürgen Runge

1 Obituaries – Karl W. Butzer (1934–2016), Françoise Gasse (1942–2014)

Jürgen Runge and Florence Sylvestre

2 Exploration of the Tibesti Mountains – Re-appraisal after 50 Years?

Baldur Gabriel

3 The geomorphology and river longitudinal profiles of the Congo-Kalahari Watershed

Tyrel J. Flügel, Frank D. Eckardt and Woody (Fenton) P.D. Cotterill

4 Palynological Evidence (Apectodinium) of the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) Event in the Sediments of the Oshosun Formation, Eastern Dahomey Basin, Southwest Nigeria

Olugbenga A. Boboye and Dupe Egbeola

5 Sedimentological, palynological and stable isotopes studies on quaternary to neogene sediments of the Eastern Dahomey Basin, Lagos, Nigeria

Olugbenga A. Boboye and Dupe Egbeola

6 Palynofacies, sedimentology and palaeo-environment evidenced by studies on IDA-6 well, Niger delta, Nigeria

Jacinta N. Chukwuma-Orji, Edward A. Okosun, Isah A. Goro and Salome H. Waziri

7 Tropical Palaeovegetation dynamics, environmental and Climate change impact from the low latitude Coastal Offshore Margin, Niger Delta, Gulf of Guinea

Onema Adojoh, Fabienne Marret, Robert Duller and Peter Osterloff

8 Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates during the Upper-Pleistocene and Holocene in the western Lake Kivu region

Chantal Kabonyi Nzabandora, Emile Roche and Mike I. Akaegbobi

9 The Coastal Holocene Sedimentary Environments of the Bays of Loango and Pointe-Noire, Congo: Previous Works, Recent Development and Synthesis

Dieudonné Malounguila-Nganga, Pierre Giresse, Timothée Miyouna and Florent Boudzoumou

10 Geochronology and technological development: The microscopic and metric evidence from Middle Stone Age (MSA) points at Mumba rock-shelter, northern Tanzania

Pastory G. M. Bushozi, Luis Leque and Audax Mabulla

11 Spatial Distribution and Impacts of Mining Development Minerals in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana

Rosemary Okla

About the Author

Jürgen Runge is Professor of Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. As an environmentalist and consultant he has worked on the evolution of tropical landscapes and former and recent climate changes in lower latitudes for many years. Since 2005 he is the editor of the series "Palaeoecology of Africa" and a member in several scientific editorial boards. The outcome and results of his research has been used for many applied purposes such as education, regional planning, remote sensing, land use, infrastructure projects and management of natural resources.

About the Series

Palaeoecology of Africa

International Yearbook of Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironments
The Series publishes interdisciplinary scientific papers on landscape evolution and on former environments of the African continent, e.g. changes in climate and in vegetation cover interconnected to all kinds of environmental dynamics form the Cainozoic up to the present, including since the Late Quaternary the growing infuence of humans in many of the areas studied.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology