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Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte, Volume 36: Speleological Projects 2007 and 2008 to Gabon (Central Africa) / Expéditions Spéléologiques 2007 et 2008 au Gabon (Afrique Centrale)

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Series: Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte Volume: 36

By: Trevor Frost (Editor), Olivier Testa (Editor)

68 pages, colour photos, maps

Speläoclub Berlin

Paperback | Jan 2009 | #213914
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About this book

Language: Bilingual in English and French

During a French speleological project in 2007, about 930 m were explored in 14 caves of the Tchibanga area of southern Gabon. In 2008, also in southern Gabon, a US American/German expedition to the Lébamba–Ndendé area resulted in the exploration of 13 more caves with a total passage length of about 5,6 km, including the new longest cave of Gabon (Mbenaltembe Cave System at 2380 m long). This volume presents the joint results of both speleological expeditions. All of the caves are exclusively developed in Precambrian limestones, dolomites and marls of the “Schisto–Calcaire–System” (West Congo System) of an age between 800 million to 2 billion years. Many caves in southern Gabon still await exploration and the potential for further discoveries is excellent. The local authorities proved to be very cooperative.


Contents

Content     

1.     Introduction / Introduction     9
2.     Geological settings / Situation géologique     14
3.     Caves explored before 2007 in the Nyanga synclineGrottes explorées avant 2007 dans le syclinal de la Nyanga     15
4.     Caves explored in 2007/2008Grottes explorées en 2007/2008     20
4.1     General remarks / Remarques générales     20
4.2     Tchibanga area / Environs de Tchibanga     22
4.2.1     Mavoundi     22
4.2.2     Tchibanga town / Ville de Tchibanga     28
4.2.3     Koumougari     29
4.2.4     Moukalaba–Mourindi     30
4.2.5     Magalisseva     31
4.2.6     Gnoumbitisi (Nioumbitsi)     32
4.2.7     Nyanga River / Rivière de la Nyanga     34
4.2.8     Doussi–goussou River / Rivière de Doussi–goussou     36
4.2.9     Other sites / Autres sites     37
4.3     Ndendé–Lébamba area/Environs de Ndendé–Lébamba     40
4.4     Other regions / Autres régions     59
5.     Recommendations / Recommandations     61
6.     References / Références     62
7.     Appendices / Annexes     63 à 68

Appendix 1 / Annex 1:     List of caves surveyed during the 2007 speleological project in Gabon /     Annex 1. Liste des grottes topographiques pendant l’expédition spéléologique 2007 au Gabon
Appendix 2 / Annex 1:     List of caves surveyed during the 2008 speleological project in Gabon /     Annex 2. Liste des grottes topographiques pendant l’expédition spéléologique 2008 au Gabon
Appendix 3 / Annex 3:     Photo tables / Index des photos


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