Additional Details

ISBN: 978-1-770007-062-2
Country: South Africa
Language: English
Format: Soft Cover
Weight: 900g
Pages: 320
Size (mm): 180x240x19
Edition: 1ste
Publication Date: 2006
Audience: Layman and specialist
Age Group: 15 years +

Geological Journeys

A traveller’s guide to South Africa’s rocks and landforms is an essential companion for car journeys.


Geological Journeys: a traveller’s guide to South Africa’s rocks and landforms is an essential companion for car journeys. How often have we wondered about the jaunty tilt of a mountain ahead, the unusual patterns of a road cutting, the colour and texture of the roadside soil, or the purpose of a distant minehead? This handy volume offers answers and explanations about features along all the major routes across South Africa, and some of the lesser, but geologically interesting, routes too. Also included are the three main metropolitan areas – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – so that city residents can understand the geological features surrounding them. In simple language, and using familiar landmarks to pinpoint sites and subtle phenomena, the authors bring to light our rich geological heritage, its likely roots and often tumultuous history. Along the way, they also discuss the historical background, personalities and stories that bring the landscape to life. The book includes: beautiful photographs that support and illuminate the text maps of all the routes, showing numbered geosites that link with the text diagrams showing the geological make-up of our subcontinent illustrations that reveal major geological processes a glossary of geological terms a comprehensive bibliography Whether you want to know more about your planned route, or use the book itself to direct your travels, this is an indispensable guide.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgements 6
Preface 7
Foreward 9
Introduction 10
1  Greater Johannesburg and environs 34
2  Greater Cape Town and environs 62
3  Greater Durban and environs 74
4  N1 : Johannesburg to Beitbridge 84
5  N1  : Johannesburg to Cape Town 106
6  N2  :  Cape Town to Port Elizabeth 126
7  N2  :  Port Elizbeth to Durban 142
8  No2/N17  :  Durban to Johannesburg 160
9  N3  :  Johannesburg to Durban 172
10  N4  :  Pretoria to Skilpadshek 184
11  N4  :  Pretoria to Komatipoort 192
12  N7  :Cape Town to Vioolsdrif 206
13  N12  :  Johannesburg to Witbank 224
14  N12  :  Johannesburg to George 232
15  N14  :  Pretoria to Springbok 252
16  The Great Escarpment 274
17  KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg 290
18  The Little Karoo 300
Glossary 312
Bibliography 316