Maremani Nature Reserve

Geological inventory of the Maremani Nature Reserve

By Professor Jay Barton.  Department of Geology, Rand Afrikaans University (RAU).

Udini viewpoint, Maremani Nature Reserve.


The Maremani Nature Reserve is presently being established and this document is intended as a summary of aspects of the geology within the boundaries of the Reserve. I have taken the liberty also to express my opinions with regard to possible roles that the Reserve might fulfill with regard to promoting geological awareness, education and research.

The geology of the area covered by the Reserve was mapped in 1976 by Gunther Brandl and W. O. Willoughby of the Geological Survey of South Africa (presently the Council For Geo-science) at a scale of 1:50 000 for compilation at a scale of 1:250 000 (Brandl, 1981). The western portion to 30o 15’ east was previously mapped at a scale of 1:10 000 for compilation at scales of 1:50 000 and 1:125 000 by P. G. Söhnge (1946; Söhnge et al., 1948). Also locally within the western portion of the Reserve, maps at the scale of 1:5 000 were compiled by Messina Transvaal Development Corporation on farms and prospects investigated by the staff of the Messina Copper Mine. These maps are presently archived with me at RAU.

“I suggest that one of the prime functions of the
Maremani Nature Reserve should be to foster geological awareness, education and research”.

Professor Jay Barton


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